Washington D.C. (WSYR-TV) - A U.S. Sergeant held captive for nearly five years is expected to return home, according to a statement released by the White House.
The president called the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to deliver the news.
Appreciation was publicly offered to the Amir of Qatar and the Government of Afghanistan, relating to efforts to secure the sergeant's release.
ABC News is reporting that Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009. Five prisoners from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay were exchanged for his release. Click here for the network's latest coverage.
The president expressed a renewed commitment to the Afghan people "as they chart their own future."
The statement goes on to say, "While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl's recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground."
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