The United States will probably be its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Monday, to formulate what position Washington would need it play in the way forward for Afghanistan.
In the primary public listening to in Congress about Afghanistan since final month’s collapse of the US-backed Afghan authorities, Blinken informed the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a “multiplicity of pursuits some which are in battle with ours.”
“It is one that’s concerned hedging its bets always about the way forward for Afghanistan, it is one which’s concerned harboring members of the Taliban… It is one which’s additionally concerned in several factors cooperation with us on counterterrorism,” Blinken mentioned.
Asked by lawmakers if it’s time for Washington to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken mentioned the administration would quickly be doing that.
“This is likely one of the issues we will be within the days, and weeks forward – the position that Pakistan has performed during the last 20 years but in addition the position we’d wish to see it play within the coming years and what it can take for it to try this,” he mentioned.
The United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan culminated with a rapidly organized airlift that left 1000’s of US-allied Afghans behind and was punctuated by a suicide bombing outdoors Kabul’s airport that killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghans.
The United States and Western international locations are in a troublesome balancing act within the aftermath of the Taliban’s victory – reluctant to acknowledge the Islamist group whereas accepting the truth that they must interact with them to stop a looming humanitarian disaster.
Pakistan has had deep ties with the Taliban and has been accused of supporting the group because it battled the US-backed authorities in Kabul for 20 years – costs denied by Islamabad.
It can also be thought-about as one of many two international locations, together with Qatar, with essentially the most affect over the Taliban, and a spot the place many senior Taliban leaders have been thought to have escaped to after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
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