According to the U.S. government said that all options remain on the table for its remaining 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan, saying it has made no decisions about its military commitment after May 1.
The US State Department comments came after reports emerged that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had made a new urgent push for a United Nations-led peace effort that included a warning that the U.S. military was considering exiting Afghanistan by May 1.
Antony Blinken in a letter to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani published by TOLOnews, an Afghan news agency, and confirmed in a published report by the New York Times, said the US is “considering the full withdrawal of its forces by May 1st as we consider other options.”
Spokeswoman of state department denied to confirm the letter’s veracity, but said the United States has “not made any decisions about our force posture in Afghanistan after May 1. All options remain on the table.”
As per to the Antony Blinken’s letter, the United States is pursuing high-level diplomatic efforts “to move matters more fundamentally and quickly toward a settlement and a permanent and comprehensive cease-fire.” The letter further stated that the United States would ask the United Nations to convene foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and United States “to discuss a unified approach to supporting peace in Afghanistan.”
Blinken’s letter said that the US will ask Turkey to host a senior-level meeting of “both sides in the coming weeks to finalize a peace agreement.” Adding that the 90-day reduction violence proposal is “intended to prevent a spring offensive by the Taliban.”
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