United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Friday he would take a trip next week to Qatar and Germany for talks on the Afghanistan crisis.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will likewise go to Qatar on Sunday at the start of a journey to a number of Gulf allies.
Blinken informed press reporters he would leave Sunday and voice “deep gratitude” to Qatar, an essential center for the enormous United States airlift of Afghans, as the Taliban quickly took control of Afghanistan.
The leading United States diplomat stated he would then head to Germany to lead a virtual 20-nation ministerial conference on Afghanistan along with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
The nations “all have a stake in helping to relocate and resettle Afghans and in holding the Taliban to their commitments,” Blinken stated.
He was describing the Taliban’s pledges to let Afghans leave the nation even after the United States ended its 20-year military objective there previously today.
Defense Secretary Austin will likewise leave on a journey Sunday that starts in Qatar, which has actually acted as the base for diplomacy with the Taliban.
Austin will then go to Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, likewise military allies of the United States, the Pentagon stated.
“Throughout his trip, Secretary Austin will meet with regional partners and thank them for their cooperation with the United States as we evacuated Americans, Afghans and citizens from other nations from Afghanistan,” Pentagon representative John Kirby stated in a declaration.
The United States’ longest war culminated with a quickly arranged airlift that left countless US-allied Afghans behind and was stressed by a suicide battle outdoors Kabul’s airport that eliminated 13 United States soldiers and ratings of Afghans.
It was among the biggest airlifts in history, leaving more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and individuals of other citizenships.