Afghan Taliban releases US citizen in exchange for Guantanamo last Afghan detainee
By The South Asia Times
KABUL: The US released the last Afghan prisoner from the notorious Guantanamo prison and handed over to Taliban government in exchange of a US citizen on Monday.
The US authorities handed over Haji Bashr Noorzai who was detained in Guantanamo from last over 17 years and finally released by the Americans.
While Taliban also released Mark Frerichs, an American engineer who was abducted by Taliban in Feb 2020 in Afghanistan.
The US officials handed over Noorzai to acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi at Kabul airport while Muttaqi also handed over Frerichs to Americans.
“"The release of Haji Bashar from Guantanamo prison is a new chapter in the relations between America and Afghanistan,” Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi told reporters at Kabul airport.
He added that Taliban are ready to resolve all issues with Americans through dialogue as no issue can resolve by force.
Noorzai, thanked to Taliban government officials for their efforts to release him from the notorious prison and said he spent 17 years and five months in a place where humans were treated like animals.
Noorzai was the last Afghan prisoner in Guantanamo.