The Biden government said Friday it would examine whether the Taliban reduce violence in line with their side of the deal in the Afghan peace accord.
President Joe Biden’s newly appointed National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, spoke to his Afghan counterpart, Hamdullah Mohib, and “made it clear the United States’ intention to review the deal,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne.
In particular, Washington wants to review whether the Taliban “is meeting its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, reduce violence in Afghanistan and hold significant negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders,” she said.
“Sullivan underlined that the US will support the peace process with robust and regional diplomatic efforts to bring the two sides to a lasting and just political solution and a lasting ceasefire,” she said.
Sullivan also discussed “US support for protecting the extraordinary achievements of Afghan women, girls and minorities in the peace process”.
On Tuesday, Biden’s candidate for foreign ministerial office, Antony Blinken, told his Senate confirmation hearing: “We want to end this so-called war forever.”
In the deal signed in Doha, the United States said it would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, and the Taliban pledged not to allow extremists to operate from Afghanistan even though the group continued to attack government forces.
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