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  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Protection Lloyd J in Brussels to fulfill NATO officers.
  • Meet up follows US announcement to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.
  • NATO sources say it’s but to be determined how lengthy NATO’s European allies will stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US. 

BRUSSELS: A joint assembly between United States officers and NATO allies is about to happen Wednesday in Brussels within the backdrop of America’s announcement that US troops will depart Afghanistan by September 11 this yr.

America introduced it is going to start withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan on Could 1 and the withdrawal will likely be accomplished by September 11, 2021.

US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken and Secretary of Protection Lloyd James III and NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg will take the international and protection ministers of European nations into confidence on the US withdrawal and set a timetable for the withdrawal of NATO’s European allies. The officers will tackle the NATO international and protection minsters’ convention.

NATO sources instructed this correspondent that it’s but to be determined how lengthy NATO’s European allies will stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US. 

Learn extra: US troops to go away Afghanistan by September 11

Among the many NATO allies, after america, Germany has the most important navy presence in Afghanistan. European nations additionally demanded that trendy US weapons stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US forces.

This joint assembly of NATO allies with US officers is the primary of its form by which a complete technique for the withdrawal from Afghanistan will likely be labored out.

The European allies of NATO have lengthy been pushing for withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the lack of life and property on account of the warfare in Afghanistan. European public opinion has turned towards this warfare. 

Amid this backdrop, there was intense rigidity between the Europeans and america over support, particularly beneath former US President Donald Trump. There was a diplomatic disaster between the US and Germany.

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America’s announcement to withdraw its troops goals to attain the targets of the UN-sponsored Afghanistan Convention in Istanbul on April 24, because the Afghan Taliban threatened on Tuesday that if the US-Talliban settlement signed on February 2020 in Doha for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was not honoured, they are going to boycott the Istanbul Convention.

The Istanbul Convention is to resolve the components for energy sharing between the Afghan Taliban and the Ghani administration and different warring factions in Afghanistan.

Pakistan, Iran, Russia, China and the US will take part within the Istanbul Convention. 

Ten years in the past, the same convention was boycotted by Pakistan held in Bonn in 2011. The rationale for the boycott was the bombing of Pakistan’s tribal areas by NATO forces by which a variety of Pakistani troopers have been martyred.

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