Five Britons were held by Taliban in Afghanistan are now freed.

Five Britons held captive in Afghanistan by the Taliban have been freed. 

They had traveled to Central Asian states ‘against the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’ (FCDO). 

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated that the nationals will’soon reunite with their families’. She also praised the hard work of British diplomats in securing this outcome’ 

Although it was unclear who or when the British citizens were freed by Taliban, the foreign ministry stated in February that they had provided support for ‘a variety’ of Afghan prisoners. 

Peter Jouvenal (64), a distinguished British journalist, was among those being detained. He was taken into custody in Kabul on 12/12. 

One spokesperson from FCDO stated that five British nationals were being held in Afghanistan and are currently released by the Afghan government.

“These British citizens had no part in the UK Government’s efforts in Afghanistan. They travelled there against UK Government travel advice. It was an error.

“On behalf of British families, we apologize for any violation of Afghan culture, customs, or laws and give our assurance that future conduct will be good.”

“The UK Government regrets that episode.

Liz Truss, foreign secretary, posted: “Pleased that the UK has secured 5 British nationals held in Afghanistan. 

“They will soon be reunited to their families. This outcome was possible because of the tireless efforts of British diplomats.