US Secretary of State acknowledges Taliban government in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State acknowledges the Taliban government in Afghanistan - Photo 1.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at an online hearing on September 13 – Photo: REUTERS

“The Taliban is the de facto government of Afghanistan. It’s true,” Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee during an online hearing on September 13 (local time), when asked if the White House would recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government.

“This is the result of one side gaining the upper hand in this civil war,” Blinken added.

According to Radio During this three-hour hearing, Mr. Blinken defended President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

Mr. Blinken was under pressure when at least three Republicans called for his resignation during the hearing.

“We made the right decision in ending America’s longest war,” Blinken said in response to the criticism.

“We made the right decision not to send a third generation of Americans to fight and die in Afghanistan. We did the right thing for our citizens and worked hard to get them out of there. “, he added.

“We did the right thing with 125,000 Afghans in bringing them to safety. We are doing the right thing to demand that the Taliban keep their commitments to the international community, about making sure everyone can continue to travel freely and uphold the rights of the people of Afghanistan,” he said.

Blinken’s latest statement is a signal that the West has stopped trying to create the stable democracy it wants in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin dodged a reporter’s question about whether the US would recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

“It’s hard to predict where the situation for the Taliban will go in the future,” Austin told a news conference on September 1.

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