No hasty or disorderly withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: US Defence Secretary

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Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has mentioned that the US is not going to undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, stressing that violence should lower now within the war-torn nation and extra progress is required within the Afghan-led negotiations.

The US and the Taliban reached an settlement in February 2020 that known as for a everlasting ceasefire, peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, and a withdrawal of all international forces by May 1. There are about 2,500 US troops presently within the nation.

“I told our allies that no matter what the outcome of our review, the US will not undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan that puts their forces or the alliance’s reputation at risk. At this time, no decisions about our future force posture have been made,” Austin informed reporters at a Pentagon information convention on Friday.

In an interplay with reporters after the primary NATO Defence Ministers assembly, he mentioned that the Biden administration is dedicated to a accountable and sustainable finish to the battle in Afghanistan, whereas stopping the nation from changing into a protected haven for terrorist teams and that threaten the pursuits of the United States and its allies, and making certain a simply and sturdy finish to the long-running battle.

“And so, to that end, we are conducting a rigorous interagency review of the situation, including all relevant options, with full consideration of the consequences of any potential course of action. We are mindful of the looming deadlines. But we want to do this methodically and deliberately, and I certainly won’t get ahead of any decisions, nor will I preview the advice that I plan to give to the president,” he mentioned.

Clearly, the violence is simply too excessive proper now, and extra progress must be made within the Afghan-led negotiations, he asserted.

“So I urge all parties to choose the path towards peace. The violence must decrease now,” he mentioned.

Austin mentioned that right now, no choices about future power posture have been made.

“In the meantime, current missions will continue, and of course, commanders have the right and the responsibility to defend themselves and their Afghan partners against attack,” he mentioned.

“As we move forward in our review, we will consult with our NATO allies, our Resolute Support partners, and of course, the government of Afghanistan, and there will be no surprises. We will consult each other and consult together and decide together and act together. And so that was my message over the last two days, and I think it was well-received,” Austin mentioned.

Secretary of State Antony J Blinken spoke on Thursday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to debate the United States’ ongoing evaluate of its technique in Afghanistan. During the decision he emphasised America’s dedication to help the peace course of, aiming for a simply and sturdy political settlement and everlasting and complete ceasefire.

“The Secretary emphasised that the United States will continue close consultations with Afghanistan’s leaders, NATO Allies, and international partners on the way ahead,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price mentioned.

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, on Friday held a listening to to look at the ultimate report launched by the US Institute of Peace Afghanistan Study Group (ASG), which Congress established in December 2019 to “consider the implications of a peace settlement, or the failure to reach a settlement, on US policy, resources, and commitments in Afghanistan.”

The report argues that US involvement in Afghanistan is at a essential juncture.

On one hand, a whole US navy withdrawal from Afghanistan by May 2021, as envisioned by the February 2020 US-Taliban settlement, would possible have harmful penalties for US nationwide safety and the long run stability of Afghanistan. On the opposite hand, the Taliban have signalled they’ll withdraw from the peace course of if US troops stay past May 2021, the report mentioned.

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