AUSTRALIA/HOSTAGES/PAKISTAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016. Trump made separate calls Thursday [11-21-19] to Khan and Ghani days after the Taliban — in exchange for three top Taliban figures — freed American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks in southern Afghanistan. According to a government statement, Khan ‘reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the advancement of Afghan peace and reconciliation process for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.’ In Kabul, Ghani’s office said the Afghan leader briefed Trump on the government’s peace plan and Trump emphasized the need for a peace process owned and inclusive of the Afghan government.”

Associated Press Staff, “Trump Thanks Khan, Ghani for Helping With Hostages’ Release,” The New York Times online, November 21, 2019