According to a White House statement Friday night, U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, informed his Afghan counterpart that the U.S. would review the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban.
Earlier, Anthony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, said in a question-and-answer session with members of the Senate that he would review the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban.
Sources in the Afghan government and the Taliban previously said that both sides are waiting for Biden to enter the White House to know what he thinks of the agreement between the Trump administration and the Taliban.
An unnamed Taliban official told Reuters yesterday, “If the American side does not fulfill its commitments to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, we will have to make difficult decisions.”
On Feb. 29, U.S. and Afghan officials announced the U.S. and its NATO allies would withdraw their forces from Afghanistan within 14 months if the Taliban met its obligations under an agreement signed in Doha.
Under the agreement reached in Doha, 5,000 Taliban prisoners were also released from Afghan government jails, and the government now claims that many of them have returned to the battlefield. Under the agreement, all U.S. troops were also to leave Afghanistan within 14 months.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – WPN