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US Government May Work With Private Sector to Recover Hostages

Sputnik News

19:15 24.06.2015(updated 19:52 24.06.2015)

According to new hostage policy released by the White House, US government may work with private entities and intermediaries to resolve hostage crises.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US government may work with private entities and intermediaries to resolve hostage crises, according to a new hostage policy released by the White House on Wednesday.

"The US Government may also assist private efforts to communicate with hostage-takers to secure the safe recovery of a hostage, whether directly or through public or private intermediaries; these efforts will be focused on ensuring the safety and security of a family to prevent them from being defrauded or further victimized by a hostage-taker," the White House announced.

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to create a Hostage Response Group to further the safe recovery of the US citizens held hostages abroad, the White House announced.

"There shall be a Hostage Response Group (HRG) chaired by the Special Assistant to the president and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, to be convened on a regular basis and as further the safe recovery of US nationals held abroad," the executive order stated.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will not prosecute the families of hostages held abroad who attempt to pay ransom to secure the return of their loved ones, the White House announced outlining US President Barack Obama's new hostage policy.

Barack Obama has signed an executive order assigning Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs who will lead diplomatic engagement of the country's hostage policy.

"A new Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs will coordinate the Government's diplomatic engagements on all US hostage-related matters and will personally engage at the highest levels of foreign governments to secure the safe recovery of US hostages," according to the White House.

"Consistent with the no-concessions policy, the US Government will focus on exploring all appropriate options to ensure the safe recovery of their loved ones. The United States Department of Justice does not intend to add to families' pain in such cases by suggesting that they could face criminal prosecution," the White House stated.

Sputnik



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