Sen. Ayotte criticizes Taliban-U.S. prisoner swap
Ayotte’s concerns are that the exchange could allow the Taliban commanders to reengage in terrorist activities against the U.S. and could encourage the Taliban and other terrorist groups to capture more Americans.
Sen. John McCain and other Republicans also questioned whether the administration had acted properly in releasing the militants Saturday.
On Monday, Reuters reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is angry at being kept in the dark over the deal,
“He is asking: How come the prisoner exchange worked out so well, when the Afghan peace process failed to make any significant progress?”
“No government can transfer citizens of a country to a third country as prisoners,” said the statement, issued on behalf of the foreign ministry.
“It’s not behind the government’s back. The government’s known that we’re trying to (do) this for a long time, and they agreed to it and they supported it,” he said.
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