In a prisoner swap take care of the Taliban on Monday, the US handed over a senior member of the group, Haji Bashir Noorzai, after detaining him in Guantanamo for practically twenty years on prices of drug smuggling, which he denied.
Noorzai is taken into account one of many closest figures to Mullah Omar, the founding father of the Taliban motion.
Afghanistan’s appearing Overseas Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi stated on Monday that Noorzai was launched in change for US citizen Mark Frerichs, kidnapped from Kabul in February 2020.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is able to resolve issues by negotiation with all together with the US,” Muttaqi stated, including the change occurred “after lengthy negotiations”.
“Haji Bashir was launched after twenty years of imprisonment and arrived in Kabul immediately,” Mohammad Naeem, Islamic Emirate’s Qatar-based political workplace spokesman, stated in a tweet.
A Qatar Airways Boeing C-17 Globe Grasp lll introduced Noorzai to Kabul from US Air Base Al-Udeid, Qatar, on Monday, a day after navy veteran Frerichs was transported on Qatar Emiri Airforce C-17 Globe Grasp lll to Doha.
The video launched by the Taliban reveals a grand welcome to Noorzai by the group’s fighters in Kabul.
Talking at a gathering in Kabul, Noorzai stated that his change for Mark Frerichs will assist resolve issues between Afghanistan and the US.
Noorzai was sentenced in 2009 to life in jail by a US court docket on drug smuggling prices, 4 years after his arrest.
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