The United States government said on Sunday that all options are on the table for its remaining 2500 troops in Afghanistan saying they have not made
The State Department statement came after reports published that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had made a new urgent push for a United Nations-led peace effort that included a warning that the US military was considering the evacuation of its forces from Afghanistan by May 1
A report in New York Time says the United States is
“considering the full withdrawal of forces by May 1st as we consider other options
A spokeswoman of the US State Department declined to confirm the letter’s authenticity and stated on Sunday the United States has “not made any decisions about our force posture in Afghanistan after May 1. All options remain on the table.
According to the letter, the United States is pursuing high-level diplomatic efforts “to move matters more fundamentally and quickly toward a settlement and a permanent and comprehensive cease-fire.
The letter further proclaimed that the United States would ask the United Nations to summon foreign ministers and diplomats from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, and the United States “to discuss a cooperative approach to supporting peace in Afghanistan. “It added the United States will ask Turkey to host a senior-level meeting of “both sides in the coming weeks to finalize a peace agreement.
According to the letter, the United States is pursuing high-level diplomatic efforts “to move matters more fundamentally and quickly toward a settlement and a permanent and comprehensive cease-fire.”
Blinken’s letter said the 90-day reduction violence proposal is “intended to prevent a spring offensive by the Taliban.”
Blinken said in the event of a U.S. military withdrawal that he was concerned “the security situation will worsen and that the Taliban could make rapid territorial gains,” adding he hoped Ghani would “understand the urgency of my tone.