The United States expects the Taliban to deliver on their promises now that US troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan, but any legitimacy or support will have to be “earned,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday.
The top US diplomat, who left Kabul just hours after the last US evacuation flights, said Washington suspended its diplomatic presence in Kabul as of Monday and moved its activities to Qatar.
“Our troops have left Afghanistan,” Blinken said. “A new chapter of America’s involvement in Afghanistan has begun.
“It is one in which we will lead with our diplomacy. The military mission is over; a new diplomatic mission has begun.”
Blinken said the United States is committed to helping any American who wants to leave Afghanistan get out of the country.
He said a small number of US citizens remained in the country – “less than 200”, but probably closer to just 100 – and wanted to leave.
Blinken said the Taliban must honor their commitments to provide freedom of travel, respect the rights of women and minorities and not allow the country to become a base for terrorism.
“Every legitimacy and every support has to be earned,” said Blinken.
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