Lloyd J. Austin US Secretary of Defense following the NATO defense ministerial statement reiterated that the US remains committed to diplomatic efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.
Austin thanked NATO for their continued efforts and commitment, he told allies that the US is currently conducting a thorough review of the conditions of the US-Taliban Agreement to determine whether all parties adhered according to the setup rules.
US-Taliban in February of 2021, signed an agreement the US agreed to a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Austin made it clear that he is consulting with allies and partners throughout this process.
“The US would not undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Austin assured allies.
As the new administration reviews the US-Taliban deal, Austin welcomes NATO for their expanded role in IRAQ, he expressed his confidence that their works will lead to a self-sustainable mission in the region.
Earlier, Taliban in an open letter requested for full withdrawal despite raged violence in the war-ravaged Afghanistan.
This comes as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed to fellow NATO Defense ministers that the UK will scale up its commitment in line with Alliance’s efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“First and foremost we are committed to delivering on NATO operations. The UK Government remains resolute in our support to the government of Afghanistan in the face of unacceptable Taliban violence,” Wallace said in the virtual meeting.
“We are determined to ensure that conditions are met for achieving a lasting political settlement, which is the only means of ensuring security from terrorism for the people of Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, and its Allies,” Wallace added.