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Antony Blinken Says US Will Assess Pak Ties Over Afghanistan’s Future

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Pakistan has had deep ties with Taliban and has been accused of supporting the group. (File)

Washington:

The United States will likely be its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Monday, to formulate what function Washington would need it play in the way forward for Afghanistan.

In the primary public listening to in Congress about Afghanistan since final month’s collapse of the US-backed Afghan authorities, Blinken informed the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a “multiplicity of interests some that are in conflict with ours.”

“It is one that is involved hedging its bets constantly about the future of Afghanistan, it’s one that’s involved harboring members of the Taliban… It is one that’s also involved in different points cooperation with us on counterterrorism,” Blinken mentioned.

Asked by lawmakers if it’s time for Washington to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken mentioned the administration would quickly be doing that.

“This is one of the things we’re going to be looking at in the days, and weeks ahead – the role that Pakistan has played over the last 20 years but also the role we would want to see it play in the coming years and what it will take for it to do that,” he mentioned.

The United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan culminated with a unexpectedly organized airlift that left hundreds of US-allied Afghans behind and was punctuated by a suicide bombing exterior Kabul’s airport that killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghans.

The United States and Western international locations are in a tough balancing act within the aftermath of the Taliban’s victory – reluctant to acknowledge the Islamist group whereas accepting the truth that they should interact with them to stop a looming humanitarian disaster.

Pakistan has had deep ties with the Taliban and has been accused of supporting the group because it battled the US-backed authorities in Kabul for 20 years – costs denied by Islamabad.

It can also be thought-about as one of many two international locations, together with Qatar, with probably the most affect over the Taliban, and a spot the place many senior Taliban leaders had been thought to have escaped to after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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