US says asked Qatar not to pay ransom for hostage

Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old author and freelance journalist, has been released on August 24, 2014, after being held hostage for 22 months by an Islamic rebel group in SyriaThe United States said Monday that it had asked Qatar in advance not to pay a ransom for the release of US hostage Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed by an Islamic rebel group in Syria. Curtis’s family said the Qatari government had repeatedly reassured them that it had not won his freedom through a cash payment, as debate mounted over the US policy of refusing to pay ransoms to extremist groups. Curtis was freed on Sunday after what the White House said were its efforts to facilitate contacts between the Curtis family and the Qatari government. “The United States government certainly did not ask the Qataris to pay a ransom.

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