Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

Blinken, Austin urged to do more to protect Afghans who worked for U.S.

World56 minutes ago (May 12, 2021 09:16PM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens during a joint news conference after the Foreign and Defense Ministerial meeting between South Korea and U.S. at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former senior U.S. officials have urged the U.S. secretaries of state and defense to do more to provide visas to Afghans who worked for the United States in Afghanistan before U.S. forces withdraw, according to letters seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, raising concerns of a full-scale civil war, the Taliban’s return to power and continued reprisals against Afghans associated with the U.S. presence.

“U.S. history is replete with instances where we failed to understand or prepare to mitigate the terrible consequences that might confront those … who stood beside us and believed in us when the going was tough,” said the letters to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“We have a moral obligation to do better this time,” they added.

The letters were signed by nearly 100 former officials, including many who worked on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan in the 20 years since the U.S. military helped topple the Taliban government that harbored al Qaeda leaders blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The officials – who included four former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan and retired General Joseph Votel, who oversaw U.S. troops in the Middle East – called on the Biden administration speed up the processing of so-called Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for Afghans who worked for the United States.

The letter said more than 18,000 Afghans, including former interpreters, are awaiting visa adjudication and said the U.S. should aim to clear the backlog before U.S. troops withdraw.

They also proposed increasing quotas when U.S. troops pull out and asking Congress to create a pathway to admit “additional Afghans who will be especially vulnerable in the post-withdrawal period.”

The State and Defense Departments did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Blinken, Austin urged to do more to protect Afghans who worked for U.S.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Uncategorized

Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt.

Uncategorized

Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione.

Uncategorized

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum.

Uncategorized

Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora.

Disclaimer: Buzzclever.com it's managers and its employees (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised or above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial or health advice. Copyright © 2021 Buzz Clever. All Rights Reserved