Bergdahl family: 'We applaud the unity of purpose and resolve'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- The family of Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has released a statement after a report by the Washington Post Tuesday indicated renewed talks by the U.S. Government for the soldier's release from the Taliban.

"Today's news indicates there are renewed efforts to use diplomacy to recover our family's son, grandson and brother, Bowe Bergdahl," the family statement reads. "We welcome this development and we applaud the unity of purpose and resolve at the White House and the other U.S. Government agencies involved."

"We thank all involved for this renewed effort and we hope everyone takes this opportunity seriously. "We are cautiously optimistic these discussions will lead to the safe return of our son after more than four and a half years in captivity."

Last month, U.S. Officials said they had received a new video of Bergdahl indicating proof of life. It has not bee publicly released, however.