US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that he will travel to Qatar and Germany next week to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan.
Blinken told reporters he would leave on Sunday and express “deep gratitude” to Qatar, a key hub for the massive US airlift of Afghans, as the Taliban quickly took control of the country.
The top US diplomat said he would then go to Germany to lead a virtual ministerial meeting of 20 countries on Afghanistan with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
The countries “all have an interest in helping to resettle and resettle Afghans and in keeping the Taliban on their commitments,” Blinken said.
He referred to the Taliban’s promises to let Afghans leave the country even after the United States ended its 20-year military mission there earlier this week.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will also set out on Sunday on a journey that begins in Qatar, which has served as a base for diplomacy with the Taliban.
Austin will then visit Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, also military allies of the United States, the Pentagon said.
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