US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Qatar and Germany next week for talks with key US allies on the situation in Afghanistan.
Speaking to reporters Friday at the State Department, Blinken said he would depart on Sunday (5/9) and expressed his “deep thanks” to Qatar, the hub of America’s massive airlift from Kabul and the point the first landing for thousands of Afghan refugees.
The top American diplomat said he would then head to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany to thank American troops and meet Afghan refugees.
He will also chair a virtual 20-country meeting on Afghanistan with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The twenty countries, said Blinken, “have an interest in helping to relocate and resettle Afghans and are committed to the Taliban.”
The Taliban has promised to provide safe passage for Afghans and other citizens seeking to leave the country, but many Afghans doubt that promise.
In his remarks Friday, Blinken again defended America’s exit from Afghanistan. He said a small number of Americans are still in the country and the State Department is actively in contact with them. [ka/pp]