Washington : US President George W. Bush and visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai have agreed to make no concession for the release of 21 South Korean hostages held by the Taliban since last month.
“Both leaders agreed that in negotiations for the release, there should be no quid pro quo for the hostages. The Taliban are brutal and should not be emboldened by this,” US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.
The White House official made the remarks after Bush and Karzai held two-day meeting at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.
The US-Afghanistan summit focused on issues like the release of 21 surviving South Korean hostages, combat the aggressive Taliban insurgency and rein in Afghanistan’s flourishing opium poppy trade.