The Taliban has released US Navy veteran Mark Frerichs in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader.
Frerichs was abducted in February 2020 while Bashir Noorzai was serving a life sentence for smuggling heroin.
US President Joe Biden says the decision was not taken lightly.
The Taliban says this is a new era of relations with Washington.
But will it change anything?
And are diplomatic ties between the Taliban and the US even possible?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Peter Zwack – Retired brigadier general in the US army
Graeme Smith – Senior consultant on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group
Ahmad Shuja Jamal – Former director general of international relations and regional cooperation at the Afghan National Security Council