Washington/Kabul: The United States will take all the necessary steps to establish peace in Afghanistan. The newly appointed US National Security Advisor (NSA), Jake Sullivan said that factors such as, ‘How far the Taliban has abided by the ceasefire, signed with the United States, over the last one year?’ and ‘Is the US military withdrawal is warranted?’ will also be evaluated. Sullivan clarified that the United States would be holding talks with the Afghan government, NATO, and the region’s countries for this purpose.
US NSA Sullivan held telephonic discussions with Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib. The situation in Afghanistan and negotiations with the Taliban were the main issues for discussion. After that, US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn informed that President Biden would be reviewing the ceasefire agreed with the Taliban.
Last year, a ceasefire was agreed between the United States and Taliban. As per the agreement, the United States was to withdraw the military from Afghanistan. In exchange, the Taliban had agreed to hold negotiations with the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan. Simultaneously, the Taliban had agreed to stop all the terrorist activities in Afghanistan and agreed to stop all cooperation with AL Qaeda and other terrorist organisations.
In the last week, the United States fulfilled its part of the obligation; it withdrew its military from Afghanistan. Now it becomes necessary to evaluate, whether Taliban fulfilled its promises. Emily informed that the discussions regarding this were held between Sullivan and Mohib. The US State Department welcomed the decision taken by President Biden. Taliban has not stopped its attacks in Afghanistan. Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Sadiq Siddiqui accused that the Taliban is continuing to target Afghan military and civilian settlements. Whereas, Zabiullah Mujahid has appealed to the United States to stand by Doha’s peace deal. Meanwhile, Afghanistan is accusing that following the Doha peace deal with the United States; the Taliban has increased the intensity of attacks on the Afghan security soldiers and civilians.