Pakistan has expressed the hope that the resumption of direct talks between the United States and the
Taliban would lead to a peaceful settlement of the long-drawn conflict in Afghanistan.
Speaking in the U.N. General Assembly’s debate on the situation in Afghanistan, Ambassador Munir Akram
pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan has responded to US President Donald Trump’s request to help
launch direct talks with the Taliban.
The United States (US) on November 20 welcomed the release of two Western hostages, Kevin King and
Timothy Weeks, from Taliban captivity in southern Afghanistan.
The duo was handed over to US forces more than three years after they were abducted in Kabul, the
capital city of Afghanistan.
In a release, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said two hostages freed by the Taliban after
more than three years in captivity are receiving medical care and other support from the US government.