Trump thanks Imran Khan for helping with Taleban hostages' release

Filed on November 22, 2019 | Last updated on November 22, 2019 at 07.21 pm
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(AP file)

The hostages were held by the Taleban since 2016

US President Donald Trump has called Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taleban since 2016.

Trump made separate calls on Thursday to Khan and Ghani days after the Taliban -- in exchange for three top Taleban figures -- freed American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks in southern Afghanistan.

According to a government statement, Khan "reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to the advancement of Afghan peace and reconciliation process for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan."

In Kabul, Ghani's office said the Afghan leader briefed Trump on the government's peace plan and Trump emphasised the need for a peace process owned and inclusive of the Afghan government.

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