India Position As Regional Ally Can Have Optimistic Impression In Afghanistan: US Official

'India Role As Regional Ally Can Have Positive Impact In Afghanistan': US Official

The official stated the US desires the Taliban to reside as much as its guarantees. File

London:

India as a key regional participant and ally of the US and its historical past of investments in Afghanistan might have a constructive impression on the way forward for the nation now beneath Taliban management, a US State Division spokesperson has stated right here.

In an interview with PTI forward of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults this week, Zed Tarar reiterated US President Joe Biden’s message that the struggle in Afghanistan had achieved its central mission to remove the Al Qaeda terror community – behind the assaults on September 11, 2001.

Now, the main target is on working with “like-minded companions and democracies”, comparable to India, to look in the direction of the subsequent chapter of supporting the folks of Afghanistan.

“India being a regional ally has a job to play; and the humanitarian function and former funding function is one that would have a constructive impression on the way forward for Afghanistan,” stated Mr Tarar, the London-based Hindu/Urdu spokesperson for the US State Division.

“India as an elected member of the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC) has a job to play. We’re in shut consultations in New York, New Delhi and Washington with India on this situation,” he stated.

The US forces accomplished their withdrawal from Afghanistan forward of the August 31 deadline, on the finish of an “unprecedented airlift” to evacuate over 100,000 folks by air from the Afghan capital Kabul.

On a few of the worldwide voices questioning the timing and method of the withdrawal, Mr Tarar was categorical that it was time for the US to finish the struggle.

“I feel what we’ve to be clear on is that america had an goal in Afghanistan and that was to remove Al Qaeda. We have accomplished that goal as of a few years in the past. We have additionally educated lots of of 1000’s of Afghan forces during the last 20 years at a price of over a trillion {dollars}. This was the time now to finish the struggle in Afghanistan and take away US and allied forces from the nation,” he stated.

“As President Biden has stated, there was by no means going to be an ideal time to do that. We had been by no means going to have excellent circumstances on the bottom,” he stated, including that the US President was decided to not hand over the struggle to the subsequent incumbent within the White Home.

On the query of getting to work with the Taliban sooner or later, the official stated it was nonetheless early days because the US desires the Taliban to reside as much as its guarantees, additionally flagging the group’s designation as a terror outfit beneath US legislation.

“At the moment, it is rather early days to say by hook or by crook whether or not we are able to or can not work with the Taliban. We should see over time. Our pursuits align on the ISIS-Okay [terror group] situation, whether or not we are able to work collectively or not, is difficult to say. I’ve to additionally level out that the Taliban are a delegated terrorist group beneath US legal guidelines and the State Division govt department will comply with all federal laws in coping with the Taliban,” he stated.

On the subject of the opposite participant within the area, Pakistan, the US official famous that the nation has a job to play in “selling a steady, safe Afghanistan”.

“We perceive Pakistanis have stated fairly clearly that they need to see a peaceable Afghanistan, through which human rights are revered, and we hope that continues to be the place,” he stated.

Requested in regards to the wider terror risk within the area and fears that the troop withdrawal has made the area extra risky, he reiterated that the US reserves the appropriate to take any additional motion needed in opposition to worldwide terrorism.

Nevertheless, the main target should now even be on the fear threats of the subsequent decade and past.

Mr Tarar stated: “America takes the risk from worldwide terror very significantly and we reserve the appropriate to retaliate in opposition to and dismantle terrorist networks wherever we discover them. The reality is, at this level, the brand new risk that we face isn’t emanating from Afghanistan however from Africa.

“The threats we’re monitoring are usually not 2001 threats however in the present day’s threats, in 2021. And, we’re additionally taking a look at what the subsequent 10 years of threats could be. To solely take a look at Afghanistan and ignore the remainder of the world is a mistake.”

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