WASHINGTON—The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan stated Tuesday that it has ordered all nonessential workers to go away the nation, as considerations mount about an escalation in violence after the Taliban’s May 1 deadline for all troops to withdraw expires subsequent week.
Under the phrases of the U.S. deal signed with the Taliban final 12 months, all U.S. troops and contractors had been to go away by May 1 in return for safety ensures by the group. President Biden stated this month that the U.S. would completely withdraw by Sept. 11.
The Taliban have threatened to escalate assaults if the U.S. misses the May 1 deadline. It wasn’t instantly clear what number of U.S. workers would depart Afghanistan in the approaching days, or what number of would keep behind.
“Even as we’re withdrawing our forces, we are not disengaging from Afghanistan,” Secretary of State
stated Tuesday on CNN. “We’re remaining deeply engaged in the diplomacy, in support for the Afghan government and its people, development, economic assistance, humanitarian assistance, support for the security forces.”
U.S. officers have stated they’re urging the Taliban to chorus from attacking U.S. or Afghan forces because the U.S. and its allies withdraw. If the Taliban permits the U.S. to go away peacefully, all U.S. navy forces are anticipated to be out by early summer season, in accordance to U.S. officers.
The prime U.S. envoy to the Afghanistan peace talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, instructed senators on Tuesday that he didn’t anticipate Afghanistan to collapse instantly after international troops go away the nation.
“I believe the choice that the Afghans face is between a negotiated political settlement or a long war,” he instructed senators.
Mr. Khalilzad stated the menace posed to the U.S. by terrorist teams had modified and dispersed world-wide and now not justified the pricey presence in Afghanistan. He stated the U.S. would retain capabilities in the area that might enable its forces to take motion in Afghanistan if needed.
“If a terrorist threat does emerge, we will be ready,” he stated.
Mr. Khalilzad stated the Taliban had moved towards implementing their promise to guarantee Afghanistan was now not used as a haven for terrorists however that he wasn’t glad with the progress. He added that the U.S. was nonetheless searching for the discharge of an American hostage held by the group.
He stated the U.S. would course of extra visas for Afghans that labored with troops and the Embassy, however declined to present particulars.
Senators repeatedly questioned Mr. Khalilzad concerning the prospect of the Taliban’s attainable return to energy, and the chance of human-rights violations and a lack of freedom for ladies.
The envoy stated the U.S. may use diplomatic engagement to protect hard-won features. These included conditioning improvement help, regular diplomatic relations and different devices on the respect of rights for ladies and civilians.
Mr. Khalilzad was due to journey to Doha for talks with the group later this week, an individual aware of his travels stated, to press for the U.S.’s considerations.
—William Mauldin contributed to this text.
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Appeared in the April 28, 2021, print version as ‘U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Orders Some Staff to Leave.’
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