April 27 (UPI)- Special Representative of the United States Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad Following a planned withdrawal of US troops in a pre-parliamentary testimony on Tuesday, he expressed his confidence in the Afghan government.
Appearance In front of the Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeKhalilzad responded to concerns from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about the ability of the Afghan government and military to withstand pressure from the Taliban after the president. Joe Biden Announced plans to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country September 11, 2021.
“I don’t think the government will collapse or the Taliban will take over,” Khalilzad said.
In addition to hundreds of special operations forces, nearly 2,500 U.S. forces are still stationed in the country, including the U.S. and its coalition partners. Started the process Withdraw troops from rural Afghanistan on Monday.
Khalilzad, who led the 18-month negotiations between the Taliban and the United States between 2018 and 2019 and signed a withdrawal agreement, said maintaining US military presence in Afghanistan does not make sense. I kept fighting.
“The choices Afghanistan faces are between negotiated political solutions or long wars,” he said.
Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J. While expressing particular concern to Afghan women, he said the way the United States withdrew and “the political arrangements left behind us are very important.”
“If the Taliban were to return to power, the reality of women and girls in Afghanistan would be devastating,” Menendez said.
Khalilzad said the future US support of the Afghan government, including the Taliban, is conditional and that human rights abuses or other illegal activities would endanger it.
“If they want US help, they want international acceptance … they all want their own citizens, first and foremost Afghan women, children and minorities. Will be affected by what you treat with, “he said.
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