Biden administration to reassess US-Taliban Doha deal: Blinken


KABUL: Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for U.S. State Department, on Tuesday that the new president’s team will take a close look at what has already been agreed with the Taliban.
At his Senate confirmation, he said that he plans to redirect U.S. foreign policy’s trajectory emphatically after four years of the Trump administration.
“The President-elect wants to make sure that even as we pull back our forces that we retain the capacity to deal with any reemergence,” he said, referring to whether the U.S., under Biden, would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan as planned. 
However, he declared that the Biden team wasn’t given much access to the deal signed with the Taliban in February last year by outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration. 
Blinken said the Biden team would “look closely at what’s been negotiated there … to understand fully what commitments were made and not made by the Taliban.”
“I don’t believe any agreement is sustainable without protecting gains by women and girls over the last 20 years,” he added.