US President Donald Trump has praised Pakistan for the secure restoration of a Canadian-American couple and their three youngsters from Taliban’s captivity.
“This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan. The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honouring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region,” Trump stated in a press release issued by White House.
The uncommon reward got here lower than two months after Trump pilloried Pakistan for aiding and sheltering ‘agents of chaos’ – a reference to the Taliban. Islamabad shot again to the allegation, saying that it couldn’t be made scapegoat for failures in Afghanistan.
“We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations,” stated President Trump.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistan Army, aided by intelligence businesses, recovered the Canadian-American couple and their youngsters on Thursday. “They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there,” it added.
On his half, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated the US expresses ‘deep gratitude’ to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Canada additionally voiced reduction on the launch of the Canadian man, his American spouse and their three youngsters born in Taliban captivity.
“We are greatly relieved that after being held hostage for five years, Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, as well as their young children, have been released and are safe,” stated Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.
“Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a horrible ordeal over the past five years,” she added in a press release.
Freeland stated Canada had been “actively engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan” in attempting to free the couple, however supplied no particulars.
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