US special envoy to Afghanistan appears before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Zalmay Khalilzad discussed U.S.-Afghan policy and took questions from committee members.
3:41 | 04/27/21

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Transcript for US special envoy to Afghanistan appears before Senate Foreign Relations Committee
As you know president Biden has announced his decision. To begin that would drawl of remaining US forces from Afghanistan. By may one. And to conclude before September 11. This decision was reached after than extensive review. And clear eyed focus on facts on the ground. As the president laid out than a speech. On April 14. He made the decision based on court judgments. First. Out original objective and Afghanistan. After 9/11. Was to root out al-Qaeda dead. That movement has been significant lead would be great it. And it's the year was Tom bin Laden brought to justice. Second. The world has changed since 2001. That terror threat including from Ohio that is now due graphically dispersed in Africa. The Middle East and Asia. We now face new urgent challenges. As the president and that's that we must fight the battles for the next twenty years. Not the last twenty. Continuing with the policies of the past two decades. In Afghanistan. Is no longer. Sensible. The agreement in place provided. For the US and coalition forces. Two would drop by may one of this year reason number four. The reverse course would have meant that returned to water with that column on a Lawler that would have continued indefinitely. The same agreement opened a door to a story enter Afghan negotiations. Is to would have been undermined. To be clear. That it no option to continue this that's quo. The president determined that it was not in our national interest to Maine gain US troops and Afghanistan. In the coming months we would would draw our troops responsibly. Deliberately. And safely. In coordination with that NATO allies. An operational partners. We have made it clear to that column on if the attack us. We draw down we will defend themselves. Forcefully. You're reconfigure our counterterrorism capabilities than short at a ability to monitor. And address terrorism threats emanating. From Afghanistan. We will maintain substantial asses in the region. And will continue to work closely with Afghan security forces and regional partners. We hold a column on accountable. That it commitments to prevent hide that. Or any other terrorist group from using Afghanistan. As a base attacks against that. If a terrorist threat as an art we will be ready. Even as we would draw out military forces. We will continue diplomatic support. When the peace process. And urged all parties. Afghans. And international stakeholders. The remain focused on securing a political settlement. And a permanent cease fire. It's time for all concerned. To abandoned and negative happens they'll behaviors. That that complicated the pursuit of peace.

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