Joe Biden’s US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken told Congress on Tuesday that the upcoming administration will look into what is negotiated with the Taliban.

During his Senate confirmation meeting on Tuesday, he emphasized plans to redirect the trajectory of US foreign policy following four years of Trump’s leadership.

In relations to Troops withdrawal under Biden’s administration he added, “The President-elect wants to make sure that even as we pull back our forces that we retain the capacity to deal with any reemergence,” however, the democratic team requires thorough access to the agreement between Trump administration and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.

According to Blinken, the Biden team will “look closely at what’s been negotiated there … to understand fully what commitments were made and not made by the Taliban,” he added, “I don’t believe any agreement is sustainable without protecting gains by women and girls over the last 20 years”.

“I would acknowledge to you that I don’t think that it’s going to be easy, but we will work on it,” Blinken added. 

Over the US-Iran Nuclear tensions, he said “President-elect Biden is committed to the proposition that Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Blinken said. 

“And we share, I know, that goal across this committee, an Iran with a nuclear weapon or on the threshold of having one with the capacity to build one on short order would be in Iran that is even more dangerous than it already is.”.

This comes as Joe Biden filled out his team – Reuters, and the his administration members are:

  1. DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: WILLIAM BURNS
  2. ATTORNEY GENERAL: MERRICK GARLAND
  3. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: GINA RAIMONDO
  4. SECRETARY OF LABOR: MARTY WALSH
  5. SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN
  6. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY: JANET YELLEN
  7. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: LLOYD AUSTIN
  8. SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: PETE BUTTIGIEG
  9. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: TOM VILSACK
  10. SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: MARCIA FUDGE
  11. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: MIGUEL CARDONA
  12. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: DEB HAALAND
  13. SECRETARY OF ENERGY: JENNIFER GRANHOLM
  14. SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: DENIS McDONOUGH
  15. SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS
  16. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: XAVIER BECERRA
  17. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION CHAIR: GARY GENSLER
  18. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU DIRECTOR: ROHIT CHOPRA
  19. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR: ROCHELLE WALENSKY
  20. CORONAVIRUS COORDINATOR: JEFF ZIENTS
  21. SURGEON GENERAL: VIVEK MURTHY
  22. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD
  23. UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: KATHERINE TAI
  24. WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR: SUSAN RICE
  25. OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIRECTOR: NEERA TANDEN
  26. COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR: CECILIA ROUSE
  27. NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR: BRIAN DEESE
  28. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN
  29. DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: AVRIL HAINES
  30. SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE: JOHN KERRY
  31. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: MICHAEL REGAN
  32. DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR: GINA McCARTHY
  33. WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAIN

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.