The Biden administration will review whether the Taliban is reducing violence in keeping with its side of the deal in the Afghan peace agreement.
US President Joe Biden’s newly appointed national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, spoke with his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib and “made clear the United States’ intention to review” the deal, the White House press release quoted US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne as saying.
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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,” the press release 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,” the press release asserted.
Sullivan expressed America’s desire that all Afghan leaders embrace this historic opportunity for peace and stability.
The National Security Advisors discussed the United States’ support for protecting the extraordinary gains made by Afghan women, girls, and minority groups as part of the peace process, the press release said.
“Mr. Sullivan committed to consulting closely with the Government of Afghanistan, NATO allies, and regional partners regarding a collective strategy to support a stable, sovereign, and secure future for Afghanistan,” it added.
In the meantime, Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib in a series of tweets said that in a phone call with his US counterpart, he reaffirmed that Afghanistan remains committed to our foundational partnership with the United States and we will work closely together on security, peace, counter-terrorism and regional engagement.
“Mr Sullivan affirmed that the partnership with the Government of Afghanistan and ANDSF remains a priority and a key to US national security objectives. We will continue close consultations in the days and weeks ahead,” NSA said.
“We agreed to work toward a permanent ceasefire and a just and durable peace in a democratic Afghanistan capable of preserving the gains of the past two decades, protecting the rights of all Afghans, and continuing the reforms,” Mohib added.