Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated this.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that American servicemen in Kabul did a heroic job, evacuating tens of thousands of people.
“The U.S. military personnel in Kabul did a heroic job guarding the airport, protecting civilians of many nationalities, including tens of thousands of Afghans, and taking them out by air,” the Secretary of State said at a briefing. – They are also providing vital support right now, taking care of Afghans on military bases in Europe, the Middle East, and here in the United States.”
According to Antony Blinken, after the American troops left Afghanistan, “a new chapter in relations has begun” between the countries in which the United States will engage in diplomacy.
“We have assembled a new team to help in the implementation of a new mission. Today, we have suspended our diplomatic presence in Kabul and moved operations to Doha, Qatar, which will be officially notified to the Congress soon. Given the uncertain security situation and the political situation in Afghanistan, this was a reasonable step,” the Secretary of State noted.
From Doha, according to Antony Blinken, the U.S. will engage in diplomacy in Afghanistan, “including consular issues, humanitarian aid management and working with allies, as well as regional and international partners and stakeholders to coordinate our interaction and exchange messages with the Taliban.”
Anthony Blinken added that the United States would continue its efforts to help Americans, foreign citizens, and Afghans leave Afghanistan if they want.
“The protection and well-being of Americans abroad remain the most important and unchanging mission of the State Department. If the Americans in Afghanistan tell us, they want to stay for the moment, and then after a week, a month, or a year, they reach out and say, “I’ve changed my mind,” we will help them leave. In addition, we have worked intensively on the evacuation and resettlement of Afghans who have worked with us and are at particular risk. We have taken out many, but many remain. We will continue to work to help them. Our obligations to them do not have a deadline,” the Secretary of State said.
Antony Blinken noted that the United States would continue to engage in the fight against terrorism.
“The Taliban has committed itself to prevent terrorist groups from using Afghanistan as a base for external operations that could threaten the United States or our allies. We will remain vigilant in tracking threats, and we will support counter-terrorism capabilities in the region to neutralize these threats as necessary,” Antony Blinken stressed.
The Secretary of State said that the United States has been cooperating with the Taliban to conduct an evacuation operation in the past few weeks.
“In the future, any interaction with the Taliban-led government in Kabul will be determined only by one thing – our vital national interests. Every step we take will be based not on what the Taliban-led Government says but on what it does to fulfill its obligations. The Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support, and we want to say that any legitimacy and any support must be earned,” Antony Blinken stressed.