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U.S. releases joint statement on Afghanistan with Japan, other countries

NHK reported on its noon news program that the Taliban declared victory in the fight against the Afghan government forces on Monday morning and President Ghani has left the country as his administration has effectively lost control. The network said the U.S. government, together with about 60 nations, including Japan and the UK, released a joint statement on Sunday. The statement said: “Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility—and accountability—for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order… The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity.”

 

NHK also reported that the U.S. government has authorized another 1,000 troops to help speed up the evacuation of U.S. citizens and local staff of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan after the Taliban took effective control of Kabul. The State Department and Pentagon issued a joint statement on Sunday saying they will expand their security presence to nearly 6,000 troops over the next 48 hours. The troops will be taking over air traffic control to facilitate the safe departure of thousands of U.S. citizens who reside in Afghanistan. Afghan translators and other locally employed staff who worked for the U.S. mission will also be transferred out of the country with their families. The State Department said U.S. Embassy staff have all evacuated to the international airport in Kabul.

 

The broadcaster said that Secretary of State Blinken sent a warning to the Taliban by saying that any effort by them to attack U.S. forces or interrupt their operations would be met with a very strong, decisive response. Noting that the Biden administration had previously ordered 1,000 additional troops on Saturday to help evacuate embassy personnel, the network said that Washington is being required to make additional efforts following the virtual collapse of the Afghan government.

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