Aljazeera reported that The Afghan government will release three high-ranking Taliban figures in exchange for American and Australian professors kidnapped nearly three years ago.

The two men – an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian identified as Timothy Weekes – were abducted from the capital, Kabul, outside the American University in 2016.

Afghan President said,”We have decided to conditionally release three Taliban prisoners who were arrested outside the country with the help of our international partners and have been in Bagram prison in the custody of the Afghan government for some time.”

The Afghan president said that the three Taliban leaders – Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid – are being released “conditionally in exchange” for the two professors.