U.S. will not negotiate with al-Qaeda for USAID worker’s release
Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – The White House on Monday ruled out any negotiation with al-Qaeda for the release of an American hostage kidnapped by the militant group in Pakistan last August.
Talking to reporters, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the government could not and would not negotiate with militants, adding that it would take every necessary effort to release 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein.
Warren works for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Carney said that Washington condemns the kidnapping and sought immediate release of the hostage. Carney’s comments came a day after a video showing Weinstein appeared on the weekend.
In the first video since his kidnapping eight months ago, Warren called on the Obama administration to agree to al-Qaeda demands. “My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” he said. “If you accept the demands, I live. If you don’t accept the demands, then I die,” he said.