Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States would not have a physical diplomatic presence in Kabul by September 1, when the United States withdrew completely from Afghanistan.
In an interview on Sunday, the Biden administration’s chief diplomat said the “earth diplomatic presence” was unlikely after the Taliban hijacked Kabul just two weeks ago, but he left the country. I’m trying.
“First, it is unlikely to happen in terms of showing diplomatic presence in the field on September 1, but what happens is that people who want to leave by September 1 and do not leave. “Our commitment to continue helping us leave Afghanistan continues,” Blinken said in an interview with “Meet the Press.”
“There is no deadline for that effort, and we have a way. If they choose to leave, there are mechanisms that will help facilitate the continued departure of people from Afghanistan,” Blinken continued. I did.
Earlier this summer, the Biden administration voluntarily imposed a deadline for the complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on August 31, postponing the date from May 1, which was negotiated by the Taliban and Trump administrations last year. ..
In another Sunday interview with ABC News, Blinken, further regulated in the United States, told the Taliban to ensure that groups designated as terrorist groups by the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies would work on it. Has “significant leverage” commitment.
“114 countries have made it very clear that it is their expectation that the Taliban will allow freedom of movement after August 31,” Blinken said during the program.
The global community points out that the Taliban expects to obey, “We have a very important power to work together for weeks or months to motivate the Taliban to fulfill its promises. “Blinken said. He didn’t go into the details.
After the Taliban took over in mid-August, President Joe Biden received considerable criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and the media. Biden and other government officials have also been flagged for providing inconsistent information about the situation on the ground, namely Kabul Airport.
During the withdrawal in Kabul and the military mission, officials said they coordinated and discussed with senior members of the Taliban in a move that also raised important questions.
“We’re not saying we should trust the Taliban,” Blinken said in an interview with ABC. “I’m just reporting what one of their senior leaders said to the people of Afghanistan.”
The Pentagon says U.S. officials are still working to evacuate Americans and Afghan civilians from Kabul after a deadly terrorist bombing at the airport and a rocket launched in that direction on Monday. Told.