Washington does not intend to abandon plans to end its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

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Representatives of the Taliban movement (banned in Russia) made it clear to Washington that they want the United States to maintain its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. This was announced on Friday at a regular briefing by the head of the press service of the US State Department, Ned Price.

“Privately, we have heard from the Taliban what they say publicly. I just mentioned the public statement of the Taliban that they want the embassies to remain open. presence, “he said, answering a question about whether the Taliban have turned directly to the United States with a request to leave their diplomats in the country.

“Ultimately, of course, it is not for the Taliban to decide. This is a decision that we will have to make, starting from the main priority – the safety of American officials. This is a decision that we plan to also discuss with our allies and partners,” he added. he.

The fact that the Taliban are asking the United States to maintain its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the American military was reported earlier with reference to a source in The Washington Post. White House spokesman Jen Psaki later said at a briefing that while the US still intends to end its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan by August 31, plans have not changed.

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