President Biden recently met with relatives of Americans, who have been held hostage overseas, at the White House. During the meeting, Biden listened intently to their stories and acknowledged that American lives and their families should not have to bear the burden of being held hostage by foreign governments.
The meeting was attended by families of many American hostages, such as Robert Levinson, who was taken hostage in Iran in 2007; Kevin King and Timothy Weeks, who were taken hostage in Afghanistan in 2016; and Austin Tice, who was taken hostage in Syria in 2012.
During the meeting, Biden assured all the family members that his focus is on bringing their relatives home as soon as possible. He stated that his administration is doing everything within its power to get their loved ones back and that the United States stands firmly with each family in their ordeal.
The president was also joined by a number of cabinet members, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The two discussed the administration’s ongoing diplomatic efforts aimed at bringing hostages home. Blinken noted that the U.S. is continually engaging foreign governments to secure the release of the hostages.
Besides discussing the potential for hostage release, Biden also provided an update on the matters of national security, military and foreign policy strategies. He spoke briefly on his foreign policy agenda and how it would seek to avoid similar hostage situations in the future.
The meeting was a powerful moment for the families, as it provided them with hope that their loved ones could eventually be released and returned home. It was a reminder that the Biden administration is taking the hostage issue seriously and is making their return a priority. As Biden said to American hostage family members: “We are committed, determined, and we will not rest until you have each of your loved ones home with you.”