- Peace continues to be attainable in Afghanistan, says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
- Khalilzad speaks to US Senate International Relations Committee at panel’s first public listening to on administration’s Afghanistan coverage since US President Joe Biden introduced plans to withdraw troops by September 11.
- Says US helps Kabul authorities discover contractors to interchange departing American ones.
US particular envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad believes Pakistan understands the affect of civil struggle in Afghanistan.
He has stated that he believes peace continues to be attainable in Afghanistan as Washington has began to withdraw its remaining troops from the nation.
Khalilzad was talking to the US Senate International Relations Committee on the panel’s first public listening to on the administration’s Afghanistan coverage since US President Joe Biden introduced plans to withdraw troops by September 11 after 20 years of struggle.
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“Pakistan’s leaders have emphasized publicly and to US officials that they do not support a military takeover by the Taliban. I believe they understand that not only Afghanistan, but their country too will face grave consequences in the event of a return to a wider civil war,” Khalilzad stated.
Preserving US forces in Afghanistan didn’t make sense because the battle couldn’t be solved by continued preventing, Khalilzad stated, including that the US helps the Kabul authorities discover contractors to interchange the departing American ones.
“The Afghans … with our help are looking for others to be able to provide that service to them,” Khalilzad informed the Senate International Relations Committee. “We’re obviously very sympathetic to them to find alternatives.”
The February 2020 deal reached by the Trump administration with the Taliban required the departures by Might 1 of all US troops and non-diplomatic civilian personnel, together with US contractors.
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Biden delayed the pullout whereas his administration reviewed the settlement and Afghanistan coverage.
He determined earlier this month to start the withdrawal and full it by September 11, the anniversary of al Qaeda’s 2001 assaults on america that triggered the US-led invasion that yr.
The departure of hundreds of American contractors, particularly these serving the Afghan safety forces, has raised considerations amongst some US officers in regards to the capacity of the Afghan authorities and navy to maintain important features.
With extra enter from Reuters