But a wider look at the many U.S. citizens detained abroad shows just how difficult it can be to negotiate their release.
Jenkins, a respectable African-American defense attorney is better known for positioning clients to negotiate pleas.
But it may last long enough to see a new government there that is willing to negotiate.
It revealed a willingness to negotiate on the particulars to get something through.
Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction.
He sent monks to Constantinople to negotiate with the Greeks for church unity, but without result.
Go to Europe and negotiate some stolen bonds we have, will you?
It is no time to stir up strife when both parties are willing to negotiate fairly upon this question.
Mr King went on shore to try and negotiate for the body of Cook.
With five potatoes still to negotiate they were afraid to cheer.
"to communicate in search of mutual agreement," 1590s, back-formation from negotiation, or else from Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari. In the sense of "tackle successfully" (1862), it at first meant "to clear on horseback a hedge, fence, or other obstacle" and "originated in the hunting-field; those who hunt the fox like also to hunt jocular verbal novelties" [Gowers, 1965]. Related: Negotiated; negotiating.