New chapter of America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun: US

As the United States concluded their pullout from Kabul, they have entered a “new chapter” of engagement with Afghanistan, said Price Ned spokesperson of the US department of State.

Ending one of its longest war in Afghanistan, the US completed the withdrawal of its troops on August 30. In a matter of few weeks, America and Coalition troops evacuated over 123,000 civilians out of Afghanistan and nearly 6,000 of them were US nationals.

In a press briefing, Ned said, “And our work continues, as you heard from the Secretary (Anthony Blinken). A new chapter of America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun.”

America will continue to facilitate safe travel of people out of the war-torn nation by doing everything they can to support the reopening of Kabul airport, Ned said. “We are focused and clear-eyed as we enter this new chapter with Afghanistan,” he added.

The United States will continue to manage their diplomacy for the way ahead with Afghanistan via Doha in Qatar.

While the US and other allied forces concluded their pullout from Afghanistan, the UN Security Council on Monday passed a resolution, requiring the ruling Taliban to honour their commitment to let people freely leave the country.

“And yesterday, the UNSC passed a resolution, a resolution that enshrines that responsibility, thereby laying the groundwork for another mechanism to hold the Taliban accountable if they do not follow through,” US Department Spokesperson said.

Price added that the US has been in contact with it’s citizens who are still in Afghanistan and has provided them with information on how to continue to be in touch after the pullout of US forces.

More than 100 Americans are still in Afghanistan and Washington will stay in touch with them as it explores options for their evacuation, he added.

(Inputs from agencies)

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