US President Joe Biden on Sunday called for the release of US Navy veteran Mark Frerichs, who was taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan nearly two years ago.
“Two years ago yesterday, US Navy veteran Mark Frerich was taken hostage in Afghanistan. A civil engineer, he spent a decade helping the people of Afghanistan. He has done nothing wrong. And yet, two He has been held captive by the Taliban for years,” Biden said in a statement.
The statement read, “Mark is an Illinois native. One son. One brother. And his family has now endured two terrible years – praying for his safety, wondering where and how he is It’s aching for his return.”
Biden said hostage-taking is an act of “cruelty and cowardice” in particular.
“The threat to the safety of Americans or any innocent civilians is always unacceptable, and hostage-taking is an act of particular cruelty and cowardice. The Taliban must immediately release Mark before he can consider his aspirations for legitimacy. This Not negotiable,” read the statement.
“To Mark, and to all Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained overseas, and to all his families and friends who are enduring the nightmare of his absence: Know that my administration will continue to work until then.” Will continue to do so until every American is unjustly held against them. Home will come,” the statement said.
The Taliban captured Kabul on August 15 last year and since then the country has been grappling with a deepening economic, humanitarian and security crisis.
The combination of suspension of foreign aid, confiscation of Afghan government assets and international sanctions on the Taliban has plunged the country into a full-blown economic crisis already plagued by high poverty levels.
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