Biden administration to review Taliban violence levels in Afghan peace deal

Biden administration to review Taliban violence levels in Afghan peace deal


Washington: The Biden administration said on Friday that it will review whether the Taliban is reducing violence in line with its position in the Afghanistan peace agreement.

National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horn said that President Joe Biden’s newly appointed national security adviser Jack Sullivan had a conversation with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed and “clearly stated that the United States intends to review” the transaction.

Specifically, Washington wants to check that the Taliban is “living up to its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders,” she said.

“Sullivan underscored that the US will support the peace process with a robust and regional diplomatic effort, which will aim to help the two sides achieve a durable and just political settlement and permanent ceasefire,” she said.

Sullivan also discussed “the United States  support for protecting the extraordinary gains made by Afghan women, girls and minority groups as part of the peace process.”

On Tuesday, Biden s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, told his Senate confirmation hearing that “we want to end this so-called forever war.”

In the agreement signed in Doha, the United States stated that it would withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, and the Taliban vowed not to allow extremists to move from Afghanistan, even though the organization continued to attack government forces.

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