Amid escalating fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday that the primary task of Afghan security forces is to ensure that the Taliban move in motion before attempting to retake the region to slow down. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin further said that the Taliban are strengthening their forces around major population centers in Afghanistan.
“I don’t know if this will stop the Taliban, but I think the first thing to do is to make sure they can slow the Taliban’s momentum,” Austin told reporters during a visit to Alaska. He said he believes Afghans have the ability and can do it, but it remains to be seen what happens.
US President Joe Biden has promised to provide financial aid to Afghan forces and redouble diplomatic efforts to revive stalled peace talks, Tolo News reports. US President Joe Biden has released $100 million in aid from the Emergency Fund to meet refugee needs in Afghanistan’s crisis-hit situation. With the help of this amount, special immigration visa applicant Afghans will also be helped.
.@SecDef: We are working closely and urgently in support of the @StateDept as they relocate the brave Afghans and their families who have provided such exceptional service during our long mission. These are friends of the United States who have done exemplary, courageous work. pic.twitter.com/uTCH1XS7et
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) July 21, 2021
Here, the administration of US President Joe Biden believes that lasting peace in Afghanistan is possible only through a political solution. The White House said this in the backdrop of ongoing peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. “I would like to say that there are political talks and other negotiations going on between Afghan leaders, members of the Afghan government and the Taliban, which we certainly support,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.
“We believe that lasting peace in Afghanistan is possible only through a political solution, but we will continue to support the government through humanitarian aid, security assistance and training,” he said. We will also continue to encourage them to take a leading role in protecting and protecting our people.’ In an interview to MSNBC, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said the US is determined that Afghanistan does not become a training ground for terrorists against the US and its allies.