[ti:Afghan President: Kidnapped Professors to Be Exchanged for Taliban Leaders] [by:www.myyhpf.tw] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday [00:05.52]that the Taliban will release two foreign professors [00:10.26]in return for the government's release of three Taliban leaders. [00:17.28]American Kevin King and Australian Timothy John Weeks [00:23.03]were kidnapped in Kabul in August of 2016. [00:29.12]They were seized near the American University of Afghanistan where they had been teaching. [00:37.56]In January 2017, the Taliban released a video in which the two professors [00:45.69]asked their families to pressure the United States [00:50.14]to negotiate with the Taliban and to exchange prisoners for them. [00:58.08]The three released Taliban leaders include Anas Haqqani, [01:03.39]the younger brother of the current chief of the Haqqani group, [01:07.80]along with Haji Mali Khan and Abdul Rashid. [01:13.48]President Ghani said that they were being released [01:16.93]"conditionally in exchange" for the two professors. [01:22.24]Ghani said his government made the decision after discussion [01:27.15]with international partners, especially the United States. [01:33.32]He said it was a hard decision, but that the exchange helps [01:39.12]the "talks with the Taliban and for reaching peace and stability." [01:45.76]He said his government also received reports [01:49.81]that the health of the Western hostages was failing. [01:54.84]A Taliban spokesman told VOA he knew of Ghani's announcement. [02:00.95]He added that the Taliban would offer reaction [02:05.04]"only after we know for sure the (Taliban) prisoners have reached us." [02:11.56]The American University of Afghanistan released a statement saying [02:16.77]it was "encouraged to hear reports of the possible release [02:21.88]of our two colleagues, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks." [02:27.84]People close to the Afghan president said [02:31.06]the prisoners will be kept in a third country, [02:35.01]possibly Qatar, until the Taliban releases the Western hostages. [02:41.92]The U.S. and Taliban have held talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar. [02:48.60]The release of hostages is expected to help restart these negotiations. [02:56.92]The two sides appeared to be close to an agreement [03:01.32]before the talks ended suddenly in September. [03:06.48]The U.S. special diplomat to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, led those earlier negotiations. [03:15.52]He is also credited with the negotiations leading to the release of these hostages. [03:24.28]The Taliban refuses to talk directly with the Afghan government in Kabul. [03:31.32]I'm Caty Weaver. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 重庆幸运农场开奖结果查