President Joe Biden was requested by 68 members of the US Congress to lay out his strategy for Afghanistan. They also urged him to prevent the Taliban from destabilizing Pakistan and obtaining nuclear weapons. The lawmakers also inquired about the continuation of the Biden administration’s non-combatant evacuation effort after August 31.
- The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have asked the White House for a plan to stop the Taliban from taking control of Afghanistan.
- They want to know how they plan to prevent the country from falling into the hands of the Taliban.
- They also want a plan on how to stop them from taking over the country’s airports and other key infrastructure.
- They are concerned that the Taliban could use the country as a base to launch attacks on the West.
- They say they want to make sure that the country doesn’t fall into the clutches of terrorists.
(ANI): Washington [United States], August 28 (ANI): A group of 68 Congress members asked President Joe Biden to “outline” his plan to “move America forward” in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which will have numerous geopolitical and strategic ramifications. They also urged him to ensure that the Taliban do not destabilize Pakistan and acquire nuclear weapons. In a letter dated August 24 to US President Barack Obama, 68 members of the House of Representatives and Senate asked Biden to respond to key issues about Afghanistan’s demise and his plans.
Following the fall of Kabul, there has been much discussion about how China could grasp the opportunity to fill the void left by the US and increase its presence and influence in the country.
Earlier this month, Taliban leaders and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in a high-profile meeting.
“What is your plan to offset the Chinese Communist Party’s developing link with the Taliban?” US legislators asked Biden, concerned about these issues.
“What is your plan to evacuate Afghan SIVs and other vulnerable Afghans like women, girls, and former Afghan civil service employees from Afghanistan?” the lawmakers asked, referring to the situation in Afghanistan, which has quickly devolved into Taliban rule with reinstated oppression of women and girls, repression of civil society, and the displacement of countless Afghans from their homes.
The lawmakers also inquired about the Biden administration’s non-combatant evacuation effort after the Taliban’s August 31 deadline.
“Will you commit to abandoning the August 31 deadline and continuing the non-combatant evacuation operation until all Americans, allies, and at-risk Afghans have been processed for evacuation?” read the letter they sent.
The lawmakers also demanded that Biden lay out his strategy for preventing Al Qaeda from “resurging and regaining a foothold in Afghanistan.” “What ‘beyond the horizon’ actions are you willing to deploy to address this threat?” they inquired, stressing that the intelligence community has warned against al Qaeda and ISIS-K receiving complete freedom from the Taliban to use Afghanistan as a safe haven for future terrorists to train and equip.
They also wanted to know about former Afghan security forces people, equipment, and facilities that had fallen into Taliban hands. “What is your plan to prevent more US and Afghan military equipment from falling into Taliban hands? What is your plan to recapture US military equipment that has already gone into Taliban hands?” the letter should be read (ANI)
69 US lawmakers write to @JoeBiden asking how he plans to ensure that Afghanistan under the Taliban doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons. That’s asking too much from a man who doesn’t even have a proper plan to evacuate people from Afghanistan. @WIONews pic.twitter.com/gqiYuWl69d— Palki Sharma (@palkisu) August 28, 2021