[ad_1]

The families of 26 U.S. hostages “wrongfully detained” abroad have called on the Biden administration to take immediate action to free their loved ones.

In a Monday letter to the president, families of Americans held in Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Mali, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Venezuela accused the administration of “not prioritizing negotiations.”

MCCARTHY SAYS BIDEN IS LEAVING US HOSTAGES FOR THE TALIBAN: ‘HE TURNED HIS BACK ON OUR OWN CITIZENS’

“Every day we wonder how much longer our loved ones must endure their captivity, not knowing when they will return home, and not being able to fully understand the efforts the United States government is undertaking to secure their freedom,” the group wrote, adding they feel “kept in the dark about what the U.S. government intends to do.” 

President Biden is taking heat from the families of Americans held hostage abroad 

President Biden is taking heat from the families of Americans held hostage abroad 
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The letter described a call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his first week in office and noted it gave them “hope” that the administration would prioritize the release of their families – some of whom have been in captivity since the Obama administration. 

“Yet as of this letter, so many of us remain in the same situation, or worse, more than eight months later,” the group wrote. “We have not been able to meet with you or even with your national security adviser to discuss our loved ones’ captivity, which leads us to believe that your administration is not prioritizing negotiations.”

SEALS ATTEMPTED TO TRACK KIDNAPPERS OF US CONTRACTOR IN AFGHANISTAN: REPORT

Some, like Charlene Cakora, sister of Mark Frerichs – a Navy veteran turned contractor abducted by the Taliban in February 2020 – have recently been vocal in calling out the administration.

Mark Frerichs' sister has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration 

Mark Frerichs’ sister has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration 
(Fox News)

Amid the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the mass evacuation that followed in August, Cakora pleaded with the administration to ensure her brother was among the more than 124,000 Americans and Afghans removed from Taliban hands. 

But Frerichs remains in Afghanistan. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

In a press briefing Tuesday, Blinken responded to the letter but offered little in the way of updates on how the U.S. is working to bring hostages home.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured at the U.N. on Sept. 23, 2021, noted that hostages' families "face incredible harship." 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured at the U.N. on Sept. 23, 2021, noted that hostages’ families “face incredible harship.” 
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool)

“The families of Americans who are held captive abroad, we know that they also face incredible hardship,” Blinken said. 

“We remain in regular contact with these families, we are grateful for their partnership, we are grateful for their feedback – we continue to work to ensure we are communicating and sharing information with them in a way that is useful.”

[ad_2]

(this story/news/article has not been edited by PostX News staff and is published from a syndicated feed)

Source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here