Biden Adviser Says US Are to Build Close-by Support Base for Afghan Peace

Biden’s homeland security adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, pointed that US is continuing its efforts to obtain strong support for the Afghan peace process – both regionally and internationally- as American diplomats are trying this week to secure a close-by spot to respond to any resurgence of outside militants in Afghanistan after the US military withdrawal, according to The Guardian.

She made the statement during the C5+1 meeting in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent that includes five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) plus the United States.

The White House adviser noted that in addressing issues of common interest, C5+1 members can do more jointly rather than alone or on a bilateral basis and said that the US will continue to provide security assistance to the Afghan National Defence Forces as well as development and humanitarian aid.

Taliban stepped up the territorial advances and is believed to have captured large rural areas in the Afghanistan’s north as a result of the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

According to The White House release, Sherwood-Randall is heading the US delegation to the high-level international conference promoting prosperity, security, and regional connectivity between Central and South Asia in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

She is to meet there with leaders from across the region to discuss opportunities to bolster regional economic development, enhance stability, and strengthen American partnerships.

US delegation will be enhanced by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for diplomatic engagements with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss how to promote peace, security, and development in Afghanistan, and advance shared regional security interests, including counterterrorism cooperation.

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