Fifth, we are going to keep targeted on counterterrorism. The Taliban has made a dedication to stop terrorist teams from utilizing Afghanistan as a base for exterior operations that might threaten america or our allies, together with Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s sworn enemy, ISIS-Okay. Right here, too, we are going to maintain them accountable to that dedication. However whereas now we have expectations of the Taliban, that doesn’t imply we are going to depend on the Taliban. We are going to stay vigilant in monitoring threats ourselves and can keep strong counterterrorism capabilities within the area to neutralize these threats if crucial, as we demonstrated previously few days by putting ISIS facilitators and imminent threats in Afghanistan — and as we do in locations world wide the place we should not have army forces on the bottom.
Let me communicate on to our engagement with the Taliban throughout these and different points. We engaged with the Taliban throughout the previous few weeks to allow our evacuation operations. Going ahead, any engagement with a Taliban-led authorities in Kabul shall be pushed by one factor solely: our important nationwide curiosity. If we will work with the brand new Afghan authorities in a means that helps safe these pursuits, together with the protected return of Mark Frerichs, a U.S. citizen who has been held hostage within the area since early final 12 months, and in a means that brings larger stability to the nation and area and protects the positive factors of the previous 20 years, we are going to do it.
However we is not going to do it on the premise of belief or religion. Each step we take shall be based mostly not on what the Taliban-led authorities says however what it does to stay as much as its commitments. The Taliban seeks worldwide legitimacy and assist. Our message is any legitimacy and any assist must be earned. The Taliban can do this by assembly commitments and obligations on freedom of journey, respecting the essential rights of the Afghan individuals, together with ladies and minorities, upholding its commitments on counterterrorism, not finishing up reprisal violence towards those that select to remain in Afghanistan, and forming an inclusive authorities that may meet the wants and replicate the aspirations of the Afghan individuals.
Sixth, we are going to proceed our humanitarian help to the individuals of Afghanistan. The battle has taken a horrible toll on the Afghan individuals. Tens of millions are internally displaced. Tens of millions are dealing with starvation, even hunger. The Covid-19 pandemic has additionally hit Afghanistan arduous. The USA will proceed to assist humanitarian help to the Afghan individuals. In step with our sanctions on the Taliban, the help is not going to circulate by way of the federal government however somewhat by way of impartial organizations resembling U.N. businesses and N.G.O.s. And we count on that these efforts is not going to be impeded by the Taliban or anybody else.
And seventh, we are going to proceed our broad worldwide diplomacy throughout all these points and lots of others. We consider we will accomplish way more and exert far larger leverage after we work in coordination with our allies and companions. Over the past two weeks, we’ve had a sequence of intensive diplomatic engagements with allies and companions to plan and coordinate the best way forward in Afghanistan. I met with the overseas ministers of NATO and the G7. I’ve spoken one-on-one with dozens of my counterparts.
Final week, president Biden met with the leaders of the G7 international locations, and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has been convening a bunch of 28 allies and companions from all areas of the world each different day. Going ahead, we’ll coordinate carefully with international locations within the area and world wide in addition to with main organizations, N.G.O.s and the personal sector. Our allies and companions share our aims and are dedicated to working with us. I’ll have extra to say on these issues within the coming days.
The principle level I need to drive dwelling right here immediately is that America’s work in Afghanistan continues. We’ve a plan for what’s subsequent. We’re placing it into motion. This second additionally calls for reflection. The struggle in Afghanistan was a 20-year endeavor. We should study its classes and permit these classes to form how we take into consideration elementary questions of nationwide safety and overseas coverage. We owe that to future diplomats, policymakers, army leaders, service members. We owe that to the American individuals.