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Ex-British soldier arrested by Taliban rescued from Afghanistan

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A former British soldier arrested by the Taliban has been flown out of Afghanistan by a traveling delegation from the United Kingdom, Sputnik reported citing an international broadcaster.

Ben Slater used to be detained by the militants in September whilst trying to aid hundreds of Afghans in fleeing the country, the Russian News Agency said quoting a different media outlet.

The former soldier was allowed to depart from Afghanistan on an extraordinary flight organized by the Qatari government for the UK Prime Minister’s high representative for Afghan transition, Sir Simon Gass, and the charge d’affaires of the UK mission in Afghanistan, Martin Longden, who met with the Taliban earlier in the day, as per Sputnik.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the UK senior officials held talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan to prevent the country from turning into “an incubator for terrorism”.

“The Prime Minister’s High Representative for Afghan Transition, Simon Gass, and Charge d’Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan in Doha, Martin Longden have traveled to Afghanistan today to keep talks with the Taliban,” the UK Foreign office informed in a statement.

“They met senior members of the Taliban, along with Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, and Mawlawi Abdul-Salam Hanafi,” the statement said.

Simon and Longden mentioned how the UK could help Afghanistan to address the humanitarian crisis, the significance of preventing the country from turning into an incubator for terrorism, and the want for continued safe passage for those who desire to leave the country.

The UK government continues to do all it can to ensure protected passage for those who want to leave, and is committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan,” the statement from the ministry informed.

The US troops left Afghanistan on August 31 under the earlier agreed Doha deal with the Taliban last year. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August and announced its interim government previously in September.

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