A few weeks before the completion of its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States reassured the government in Kabul of its continued commitment to peace.
Today, Thursday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken affirmed the United States’ commitment to reaching a just and lasting political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan.
Blinken and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Afghan National Reconciliation discussed
Abdullah Abdullah, in a phone call, outlined ways to speed up peace negotiations and reach a comprehensive political settlement that respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities, allows Afghans to have a say in choosing their leaders, and prevents Afghan territory from being used to threaten the United States, its allies, and partners.
The two officials condemned the ongoing Taliban attacks, the loss of innocent Afghan lives and the displacement of civilians, and noted the widespread international condemnation of these attacks.
Minister Blinken and Council Chairman Abdullah pledged to remain in close contact in the coming period.