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US welcomes release of American, Australian professors in Afghanistan

The United States on Tuesday welcomed the release of American and Australian professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks by the Taliban, and thanked the Ashraf Ghani-led Afghan government for its actions enabling their release after more than three years in captivity.The two professors were released by the Taliban as part of a prisoner swap deal between the group and the Afghan government, under which the latter released three terrorists, including Anas Haqqani, from Bagram prison on Monday evening.A statement from the White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham stated that the two professors were successfully recovered today following their release and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the US Government. We pray for the full recovery of both men, who endured significant hardship during their captivity, and wish them well as they reunite with their loved ones in the near future, the statement read. We thank the Afghan government for its actions, in the spirit .


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