The Secretary of State has additionally known as on particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to share with each the Afghan authorities and Taliban written proposals to assist speed up discussions, in accordance to the TOLONews repor
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is proposing a collection of steps to assist jumpstart Afghanistan’s stalled peace process between the government and Taliban, in accordance to a letter from Mr. Blinken to Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani printed on Sunday by Afghanistan’s TOLONews.
The letter requires bringing the 2 sides collectively for a U.N.-facilitated convention with international ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and the United States “to discuss a unified approach to supporting peace in Afghanistan.” Mr. Blinken additionally requires holding talks between the Afghan authorities and Taliban in a senior-level assembly in Turkey within the coming weeks to hammer out a revised proposal for a 90-day discount in violence.
The Secretary of State has additionally known as on particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to share with each the Afghan authorities and Taliban written proposals to assist speed up discussions, in accordance to the TOLONews report.
Mr. Blinken additionally made clear within the letter that the Biden administration continues to contemplate a “full withdrawal” of the roughly 2,500 U.S. forces within the nation by the May 1 deadline negotiated by Trump administration.
The State Department declined to touch upon the TOLONews report.
“We have not made any decisions about our force posture in Afghanistan after May 1,” the State Department mentioned in an announcement. “All options remain on the table.” Afghanistan presents one of many new administration’s most tough international coverage selections. The U.S. public is weary of a conflict almost 20 years outdated, however pulling out now could possibly be seen as giving the Taliban an excessive amount of leverage and casting a shadow over the sacrifices made by U.S. and coalition troops and Afghan civilians.
Mr. Blinken urged Mr. Ghani to shortly embrace the proposal and underscored his concern that the safety state of affairs within the nation might shortly deteriorate because the climate warms in Afghanistan.
“Even with the continuation of financial assistance from the United States to your forces after an American military withdrawal, I am concerned that the security situation will worsen and the Taliban could make rapid territorial gains,” Mr. Blinken wrote within the letter.