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Blinken, will review US-Taliban deal

Antony Blinken: Will Thoroughly Assess US-Taliban Deal

KABUL – President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration will review the peace agreement with the Taliban.
“We want to end this so-called forever war. We want to bring our forces home. We want to retain some capacity to deal with any resurgence of terrorism, which is what brought us there in the first place,” Blinken said at his Senate confirmation hearing.
“We have to look carefully at what has actually been negotiated. I haven’t been privy to it yet,” he said, adding that “We must thoroughly assess the US-Taliban peace agreement, I still do not know the details of this agreement.”
Last year on February 29, the US and Taliban signed a deal to end US’s longest war. In the accord signed in Doha, the US said it would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by May 2021 –if all conditions were met–and the Taliban pledged not to allow terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda to operate from Afghanistan.
Blinken during the hearing promised to consider the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan’s peace process.
“I don’t believe that any outcome that they might achieve is sustainable without protecting the gains that have been made by women and girls in Afghanistan over the last 20 years,” Blinken said.
“I would acknowledge to you that I don’t think that it’s going to be easy, but we will work on it,” he added.
(Sahar News)

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