Waltz, Graham Joint Statement on Taliban Release of 113 Americans and Foreigners
Washington, September 9, 2021
On Thursday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) released the following joint statement:
“We welcome the news that 113 Americans, U.S. permanent residents, and other western passport holders were allowed to leave Afghanistan and travel to Qatar.
“The fact remains, it was inexcusable that the Biden Administration allowed a terrorist regime to dictate the terms of allowing Americans to leave on their own with their families. The United States does not take orders from terrorists.
“Right now, hundreds of Americans and legal permanent residents, as well as thousands of Afghan SIVs and other vulnerable Afghans, are trapped behind enemy lines. The Biden Administration has not been forthright about the actual number who remain. They must provide Congress and the American people with a full accounting along with a plan to get them safely out of Afghanistan.
“Additionally, we call on the Biden Administration to demand the release of U.S. Navy veteran Mark Frerichs who has been held hostage for over a year by the Haqqani Network, the leader of which was just appointed to the Taliban cabinet. It is inexcusable that his release was not secured prior to the full withdrawal of American military forces and diplomats.”