November 20, 2019 / 7:17 PM / 17 days ago

Trump says he hopes release of captives in Afghanistan prompts ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a Cabinet meeting inside the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes the release of two Western prisoners held hostage by the Afghan Taliban this week could help pave the way to an end to the war in Afghanistan.

“We join families of Kevin King & Tim Weeks in celebrating their release from Taliban captivity. Thanks to President Ghani for his courageous support. Let’s hope this leads to more good things on the peace front like a ceasefire that will help end this long war. Proud of my team!” Trump tweeted.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chris Reese

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