U.S. Foreign Policy Update
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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken urges the Taliban to ensure a “safe passage” for people seeking to flee Afghanistan, even after the military takes action quit By August 31, and promised that Washington will not stop evacuation work next week.
Brinken’s comments at Wednesday’s briefing came after criticism. Allies of the United States with U.S. legislators Before the deadline set by the White House itself, the two sides raised objections to the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, which they said might trap too many vulnerable groups in the country.
The Secretary of State said that during the airlift this month, 4,500 American citizens out of an estimated 6,000 Americans in Afghanistan have been evacuated, and diplomats are “actively contacting” the remaining 1,500.
“[The Taliban] responsible. .. Provide a safe passage for anyone wishing to leave the country, not only during our evacuation and relocation missions, but also every day thereafter. ”
Brinken said that there is “no deadline” for helping the remaining American citizens and Afghans who are helping Americans leave the United States, and the United States is developing a “detailed plan” to continue to provide consular support and assistance to leave after August 31.
Officials said on Wednesday that U.S. troops are still expected to withdraw Afghanistan By August 31, it is admitted that the fate of anyone left after that will be in the hands of the Taliban.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said: “When the mission is over, we will leave [Kabul] The airport, the airport will no longer be the responsibility of the United States.
“How to manage it in the future will be something that the Taliban must manage by themselves. I think together with the international community, but this is not the responsibility of the United States.”
Kirby confirmed that the US military conducted another operation in Kabul on Tuesday night, using helicopters to rescue citizens trapped in the Afghan capital and bring them into Hamid Karzai Airport. So far, the Pentagon has confirmed two similar cases of troops using helicopter lifts to transport people from Kabul to the airport.
In the briefing, Brinken hinted that the relationship between the United States and the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, including whether its legitimacy will be recognized, will depend on its behavior.
“If the future government upholds the fundamental rights of the Afghan people, if it fulfills its promise, it will ensure that Afghanistan will not be used as a launch pad for terrorist attacks… First, if it fulfills its promise, let those who want to leave Afghanistan leave – This is a government that we can work with,” Brinken said.
Although US President Joe Biden made it clear that he wanted to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Brinken hinted that the government might consider whether it should take a different approach to the withdrawal.
“I can tell you that looking back at the past six or seven months, looking back at the past 20 years, there will be enough time,” he said. “But I must tell you now that all my attention is focused on the task at hand.”