US rules out new strategy for Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Following a series of deadly attacks in Kabul over the last few weeks, the United States on Monday ruled out coming out with a new strategy in Afghanistan, reiterating its support for an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.
“There's no new strategy with respect to what we're trying to do in Afghanistan with our international partners,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.
He said the Resolute Support Mission was all about supporting the war-torn country, referring to the killing of three US contractors in the weekend bombing in Kabul. The mission sought to help the Afghan national security forces continue to take the lead for security in their country, he continued.
It was serious mission that the US remained committed to, but there was not new strategy in Afghanistan, the official added. It is for the Taliban to decide on their future, he continued.
“If they're going to renounce violence and renounce the terrorist type tactics that they use and contribute to a meaningful reconciliation process in Afghanistan, well then, you know, we support that, an Afghan-led reconciliation process,” Kirby said.
He ruled out evolving a new strategy for Afghanistan, insisting there was no new plan with regard to the Taliban. The US wanted to see Afghan-led political reconciliation continue to advance and it was encouraging to see the first round of talks held a few weeks ago.
About the involvement of Beijing in the peace process. Kirby said China shared a border with Afghanistan. As long as that participation was helpful to an Afghan-led process, he explained, the US would not oppose Beijing’s role.
“Yes, there's been some violence in Kabul as recently as just a few days ago and you're right, Taliban claimed responsibility for some and others they didn't. So I'm in no position to judge who's responsible,” Kirby concluded.
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