KABUL: The U.S. President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Friday said that the new administration would “take a hard look” at how the Taliban complies with the US-Taliban agreement.
Speaking at an online program sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Sullivan emphasized that the Taliban insurgent group should engage with the Afghan government in “real… not fake” talks.
On the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Sullivan tied the move to three conditions.
He said severing ties with Al-Qaeda, reducing violence, and sincerely participating in negotiations with the Afghan government were the key expectations from the Taliban based on the Doha pact.
“We are taking a hard look at the extent to which the Taliban are actually complying with these three conditions, and we’re making decisions about our position as a force and our diplomatic strategy going forward in that context.”
The remarks came one day after the Pentagon said that “it is complicated” to see a “way forward” with the deal without the Taliban honoring its commitments.