The USA can be its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Monday, to formulate what position Washington would need it play in the way forward for Afghanistan.
Within the first public listening to in Congress about Afghanistan since final month’s collapse of the US-backed Afghan authorities, Blinken advised the Home of Representatives International Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a “multiplicity of pursuits some which might be in battle with ours.”
“It’s 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’s one which’s additionally concerned in numerous factors cooperation with us on counterterrorism,” Blinken stated.
Requested by lawmakers if it’s time for Washington to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken stated the administration would quickly be doing that.
“This is among the issues we’ll be within the days, and weeks forward – the position that Pakistan has performed during the last 20 years but additionally the position we’d need to see it play within the coming years and what it is going to take for it to do this,” he stated.
The USA’ withdrawal from Afghanistan culminated with a unexpectedly organized airlift that left hundreds of US-allied Afghans behind and was punctuated by a suicide bombing exterior Kabul’s airport that killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghans.
The USA and Western nations are in a tough balancing act within the aftermath of the Taliban’s victory – reluctant to acknowledge the Islamist group whereas accepting the fact that they must have interaction with them to forestall 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 – expenses denied by Islamabad.
It’s also thought of as one of many two nations, together with Qatar, with probably the most affect over the Taliban, and a spot the place many senior Taliban leaders had been thought to have escaped to after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
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