Future secretary of state may reconsider US deal with Taliban
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Anthony Blinken promised senators that the US Embassy in Israel will remain in Jerusalem
Anthony Blinken, nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as the new secretary of state, said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he could renegotiate the terms of the US-Taliban armistice deal in Afghanistan, adding that the US needs a mechanism to prevent any manifestation of a resurgence of international terrorism on Afghan soil.
Last year, Donald Trump’s administration signed a deal with the Taliban in an effort to end the longest U.S. war ever fought outside the country..
“We want to end this so-called ‘never-ending war’. However, we want to maintain the ability to resist any manifestations of the resurgence of terrorism, – Blinken said, speaking at a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, – We must carefully look at what was actually agreed (with the Taliban). I have not been notified about this yet. “.
According to the agreements, the United States promised to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, and the Taliban pledged to prevent the appearance of terrorist bases in the country. At the same time, representatives of the group, and after the signing of the agreement, repeatedly attacked the security forces of the official Afghan government..
U.S. Embassy in Israel will remain in Jerusalem
Answering questions from senators related to another important international problem – relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – Blinken assured that the Biden administration is not going to cancel the historic recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, made by the Donald Trump administration. However, at the same time, the new administration will support the creation of a separate Palestinian state..
When asked by Senator Ted Cruz about whether the United States would maintain its position on Jerusalem and whether the US Embassy would remain there, Blinken did not hesitate to answer both questions in the affirmative..
In 2017, the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite the prevailing international consensus on the matter, with the Palestinians claiming to include the holy city as part of their alleged nation state..
Blinken said that Biden will do his best to create a separate Palestinian state, but acknowledged the significant difficulties that could impede the implementation of this idea..
“The only way to secure Israel’s future as a Jewish democratic state and allow the Palestinians to create their own state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution for two peoples,” Blinken said..
“However, let’s be realistic – now it is difficult to see that this issue is somehow resolved in the near future. It is important to do everything so that none of the parties takes steps that could complicate an already difficult process, ”said the candidate for the post of Secretary of State..
Blinken also said that he opposes campaigns to pressure Israel through boycotts. Thus, the future secretary of state refused to support the ideas promoted by some representatives of the left wing of the Democratic Party..