02/10/2021 Logistics Brigade personnel in Afghanistan. POLITICS SPAIN EUROPE ARAGÓN SOCIEDAD BRILOG.
MADRID, 20 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin, confirmed this Friday that there is still no firm decision on the permanence of the troops in Afghanistan because the violence that exists in the country is “too high.”
“It is necessary to advance in the negotiations led by the Afghans,” Austin acknowledged at a press conference at the Pentagon, adding that “we are committed to a responsible and sustainable end to this war.”
This position was agreed upon after last Thursday’s meeting between the international powers. “I emphasized our firm commitment to NATO,” added the secretary.
The announcement clashes with the initial idea of the Atlantic Alliance to adopt a firm position during these meetings, however, Austin has defended this position because it has been taken by virtue of “preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorist groups” .
“We are aware of the deadlines that lie ahead,” Austin stressed, adding that as the reviews of his position on this issue progress, “we will consult with our international allies and the government of Afghanistan.” “There will be no surprises”, has settled.
The United States signed an agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 that provides for the gradual withdrawal of all NATO forces from the country. In return, the Taliban pledged to renounce violence and to enter into peace talks with the government.