US to reexamine US-Taliban peace pact: NSA Sullivan


KABUL: The incoming US administration intends to review the February 2020 US-Taliban peace agreement, assured the country’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Saturday.

A statement released by Afghan National Security Council said Hamdullah Mohib held a telephonic conversation with his counterpart Sullivan who affirmed that his country’s partnership with the Afghan government and ANDSF remained a priority and a key to US national security objectives. “We will continue close consultations in the days and weeks ahead.”

Meanwhile, Sullivan said Washington would reexamine whether the Taliban were living up to their commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, reduce violence in Afghanistan, and engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders.

For his part, Mohib said Afghanistan remained committed to its foundational partnership with the United States and would work closely together on security, peace, counter-terrorism and regional engagement.

This comes as Joe Biden was sworn-in as the new US president as he arrived at the White House late on Wednesday. He has already initiated reversing many of the policies that were pursued by ex-President Trump.