WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Sunday (Jan 30) referred to as on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to release a US civil engineer who was kidnapped two years in the past and is believed to be the final American hostage held by the Taliban.
Mark Frerichs, a 59-year-old US Navy veteran from Lombard, Illinois, who labored in Afghanistan for a decade on growth tasks. He was kidnapped a month earlier than the February 2020 US troop pullout deal was signed and was transferred to the Haqqani community , a brutal Taliban faction accused of some of the deadliest assaults of the battle.
Monday marks his second 12 months in captivity.
“Threatening the safety of Americans or any innocent civilians is always unacceptable, and hostage-taking is an act of particular cruelty and cowardice,” Biden stated in an announcement.
“The Taliban must immediately release Mark before it can expect any consideration of its aspirations for legitimacy. This is not negotiable.”
Biden pulled US troops out of Afghanistan in August in a chaotic withdrawal that drew sharp criticism from Republicans and his personal Democrats in addition to international allies and punctured his approval rankings.
Frerichs’ household has criticised the US authorities for not urgent more durable to safe his release. Last week, his sister, Charlene Cakora, made a private plea to Biden in a Washington Post opinion piece titled, “President Biden, please bring home my brother, the last American held hostage in Afghanistan.”