US department of defense on Thursday said, that the Taliban have not stayed to the promise they made during the Taliban-US peace deal, the group has not reduced their violence and did not sever ties with Al-Qaeda.
As per the agreement, US troops are required to fully withdraw from Afghanistan by May 2021, but the Pentagon announced that the Biden administration would not commit to full troops’ drawdown in May, as The Taliban have not Honored their deal with the US, CNN reported.
“We are still involved in trying to get a negotiated settlement. The Taliban have not met their commitments,” said John Kirby, spokesman for Pentagon, ” adding that “Without them meeting their commitments to renounce terrorism and to stop the violent attacks on the Afghan national security forces, and by dint of that the Afghan people, it’s very hard to see a specific way forward for the negotiated settlement.”
Kirby indicated that the Biden administration will remain committed to the US Taliban deal, but the requirements are that the Taliban halt attacks on US troops, decrease violence in the region, cut ties with other groups like Al-Qaeda, and advance with Afghan peace negotiations.
Based on full troops withdrawal, “What I’m saying is that any decision of force levels in Afghanistan is going to be driven by our security requirements, there are security commitments there, and driven by conditions,” Kirby added.
“no decision has been made on future force posture”, Kirby said.
There has been no change in US commitments in the peace deal, But the Taliban were not committed to a reduction in violence and renounced ties with Al-Qaeda, according to Kirby.
“it’s going to be difficult for anybody at that negotiating table” to meet their commitments, Kirby said.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has reportedly denied the Pentagon’s claim that the Taliban had not fulfilled its obligations under the Doha agreement, and said that the group was committed to all the requirements of the agreement.
He also called on the United States to practically implement their commitments agreed in Doha and urged the US to fully adhere to the deal.
This comes as Secretary of state Antony Blinken talked to President Ghani about the Afghan peace process and US commitment to enduring US-Afghanistan partnership, the US department said in a statement.
“The Secretary highlighted robust diplomatic support for the peace process focused on helping the parties to the conflict achieve a durable and just political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire that benefits all Afghans,” the statement read.
According to the statement, Blinken “shared that the United States is reviewing the February 2020 US-Taliban agreement and whether the Taliban are living up to their commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders.”
“The Secretary reiterated his desire for all Afghan leaders to support this historic opportunity for peace while preserving the progress made over the last 20 years with regard to human rights, civil liberties, and the role of women in Afghan society”, the statement said.
“The Secretary committed to consultations with the Government of Afghanistan, NATO allies, and international partners regarding a collective strategy to support a stable, sovereign, democratic, and secure future for Afghanistan.”, the statement concluded