KABUL: The United States would keep supporting Afghanistan after its troops withdraw, says Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“The threat against the United States from Afghanistan is now less than it was 10 years ago. We are controlling the situation to get sure that the threat has been removed. But we will act if necessary,” Blinken told the French weekly newspaper of Le Journal du Dimanche on Saturday.
“The US armed forces are leaving Afghanistan, but Washington’s support of Afghanistan will continue in all aspects.”
He called a peace agreement as the best solution to end Afghanistan’s 40 years of war.
Blinken criticized those who think negotiations with Taliban are unacceptable, saying that “this is what we are talking to the Taliban. We you know the enemies are not chosen.”
“I am concentrating on the time and the future. We always try to get lesson from the past particularly about Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya,” said the US secretary of state.
He said that the US presence would remain steadfast in the region not only militarily but also politically and economically. Blinken added that their presence would depend on their partners as it was proved in success in fight against the ISIS (Daesh).
“The coalition that includes 70 states, we managed to defeat ISIS is Syria and Iraq. So, we need to not ignore ISIS to embolden again,” Blinken concluded.