‘We remain engaged in Afghanistan despite troop withdrawal,’ says US secretary of state

The Nation  |  Jul 29, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that there was no “military solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan and that the country would turn into a “pariah state” if the Taliban takes control by force.

Speaking at a joint news conference with this Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar in India’s capital New Delhi, Blinken said that the US would remain engaged in Afghanistan after the troop withdrawal.

"Even as we withdraw our forces from Afghanistan, we remain engaged in Afghanistan. We have not only a strong embassy there but also have important programs that support the country economically through development and security assistance,” he said.

"We are very much engaged in the diplomacy of working to bring parties together at the table for the resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan,” the US secretary of state added.

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