THE Afghan Taliban has released a video showing an Australian hostage pleading with the US government to negotiate with his captors and saying that unless a prisoner exchange was agreed, he would be killed, The Courier Mail reported.
Timothy Weekes, an Australian teacher at the American University in Kabul and his American colleague Kevin King were seized near the campus in August, and being held for a potential hostage exchange with the United States..
“I don’t want to die here, not alone, not here. Please speak for me now, speak to the American government, and please, please help me secure my release,” a tearful Weekes said in the video.
“They look after us here and they treat us well. We eat what they eat,” he continued.
A US Special Operations team failed to rescue them in a secret raid in August.
The US Special Operations team failed to rescue them in a secret raid in August.
“They are being held there illegally and the Taliban has asked for them to be released in our exchange. If they are not exchanged for us then we will be killed,” he said.
“Donald Trump sir, please, I ask you, please, this is in your hands, I ask you please to negotiate with the Taliban. If you do not negotiate with them, we will be killed.”
Meanwhile the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was doing all it can to secure his release.
“The Australian Government has been working closely with other governments to secure the release of an Australian man kidnapped in Afghanistan in August 2016,” a spokesman said.
“We have also been providing consular support to the man’s family, who have requested privacy. Out of respect for his family’s wishes, and in the interests of his own safety and well-being, we will not be commenting further.”