UK ‘in negotiations’ after three British men held in Afghanistan

LONDON: Britain’s interior minister Suella Braverman on Sunday (Apr 2) said the UK government was “in negotiations” after three British men were detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Media reports have identified the men as charity medic Kevin Cornwell, 53, the unnamed manager of a hotel for aid workers and YouTube star Miles Routledge.

“The government is in negotiations and working hard to ensure people’s safety is upheld,” Braverman told Sky News.

The non-profit group the Presidium Network said on Twitter on Saturday it had been “working closely with two of the families”.

“We are working hard to secure consular contact with British nationals detained in Afghanistan and we are supporting families,” the UK’s foreign ministry added in a statement.

Scott Richards of the Presidium Network told Sky News: “We believe they are in good health and being well treated.

“We have no reason to believe they’ve been subject to any negative treatment such as torture and we’re told that they are as good as can be expected in such circumstances.”

He added, however, that there had been “no meaningful contact” between authorities and the two men Presidium was assisting.

These two men are believed to have been held by the Taliban since January.

It is not known how long the third man has been held for.

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