Afghanistan: Taliban pledged to let Americans and Afghans at risk after August 31st, say the United States


The head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, however, did not specify whether the United States would maintain a diplomatic presence after this date.

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Taliban pledged to let Americans and Afghans go “at risk” still in Afghanistan after August 31, after the departure of American forces, said Wednesday August 25 the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken. “The Taliban have made commitments in public and private to provide and enable safe passage for Americans, other foreigners, and Afghans,” he clarified.

“The Taliban have made it clear that they have a strong interest in keeping an airport operating. We, and the rest of the international community, have a strong interest in this, primarily to make sure that anyone who wants to leave [l’Afghanistan] can do it after the 31st [août] using the airport “, said Antony Blinken. However, he did not say whether the United States would maintain a diplomatic presence after this deadline, the day of the end of the withdrawal. American forces. “We are looking at a number of options”, he confined himself to answering this subject.

Germany has also received assurances from the Taliban that Afghans could leave their country on commercial flights after the final withdrawal of American troops on August 31.. Deputy head of the Taliban political bureau in Qatar Sher Abbas Stanekzai “assured me that Afghans with valid documents will continue to be able to travel on commercial flights after August 31,” said on Twittter Markus Potzel, a German diplomat who negotiates with the Taliban, after a meeting in Qatar.

The diplomat, Germany’s special envoy to Afghanistan, said he discussed “of urgent need” having “a working Kabul airport” as a precondition for the work of NGOs and diplomats in Afghanistan.



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