By Rebecca Shabad - 12/26/13 09:26 AM EST
A 72-year-old development worker who was captured by al Qaeda more than two years ago pleaded with President Obama to negotiate his freedom in a video released Thursday.
“Nine years ago, I came to Pakistan to help my government. I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here. Now when I need my government, it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten,” Warren Weinstein said in the video.
Reporters in Pakistan received copies of the 13-minute video on Thursday. Weinstein is seen in a black knit hat, a dull-colored track jacket and with a long, gray beard.
“Mr. President, for the majority of my adult life, for over 30 years, I have served my country as a college professor, as a civil servant,” Weinstein said. “I hope and I pray to God that you, as leader of the United States, along with your administration, will feel an adequate level of responsibility toward me, to work for my release.”