The final US soldier on Tuesday vacated Afghanistan, warning the Taliban that any legitimacy or help the brand new regime seeks should be “earned”.
America’s prime diplomat US Secretary of State Blinken, talking simply hours after the ultimate US evacuation flights left Kabul, stated Washington has suspended its diplomatic presence in Kabul as of Monday and shifted its operations to Qatar.
“Our troops have departed Afghanistan,” Blinken stated. “A brand new chapter of America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun.
“It is one through which we are going to lead with our diplomacy. The army mission is over; a brand new diplomatic mission has begun.”
Blinken stated america was dedicated to serving to each American who desires to depart Afghanistan to go away the nation.
He stated a small variety of US residents remained within the nation — “underneath 200” however possible nearer to simply 100 — and needed to go away.
Blinken stated the Taliban would want to stay as much as their commitments to supply freedom of journey, to respect the rights of ladies and minorities and to not enable the nation to grow to be a base for terrorism.
“Any legitimacy and any help should be earned,” Blinken stated.