“We’re thrilled Peter is coming residence. Due to the Afghan administration for releasing him,” Syed stated on Monday.
Jouvenal was detained by the Taliban in mid-December. He was visiting Afghanistan on enterprise, in response to his spouse. Together with the 4 different British residents, he had been held for six months by the Taliban.
Jouvenal beforehand owned the Gandamack Lodge, a lodge in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul well-liked with journalists, help employees and diplomats, which opened in 2002 after the Taliban was toppled by US forces. It closed in 2014.
Jouvenal filmed CNN’s interview with Osama bin Laden in 1997. He had lined the wars in Afghanistan because the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan throughout the Eighties.
Earlier on Monday, the UK’s International Secretary, Liz Truss, introduced the federal government had secured the discharge of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan.
“They are going to quickly be reunited with their households. I’m grateful for the exhausting work of British diplomats to safe this consequence,” she stated.
Nonetheless, the UK International, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace (FCDO) made no reference to the British nationals’ identification in its assertion.
Earlier on Monday, the FCDO stated in a press release that the British nationals’ journey to Afghanistan was a “mistake,” including that that they had gone there in opposition to authorities recommendation and apologized for any breach of Afghan tradition or legal guidelines.
“The UK authorities regrets this episode,” the FCDO stated.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the discharge of the 5 British nationals on Monday.
“A lot of British nationals who had been concerned in actions that had been in opposition to the legal guidelines and traditions of Afghan folks had been detained round six months again,” Mujahid wrote on his official Twitter account.
“After repeated talks and conferences between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the British aspect, yesterday they had been launched and handed over to their nation, in response to an settlement.”
The detained nationals have “pledged to stick to the legal guidelines of Afghanistan, the traditions and tradition of the folks and will not violate them once more,” stated Mujahid, who additionally stated that Afghanistan was a secure place.
“Afghanistan is secure for all, anybody can come to Afghanistan for charity works and tourism,” he stated.