Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout an celebration on September 10. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/AP)
As the Biden administration faces criticism for the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Tony Blinken will defend the way the evacuation was carried out – including the pre-scheduling that took position – in his prepared opening remarks before the Home Overseas Affairs Committee this afternoon.
“We prepared and exercised a broad array of contingencies. Simply because of that arranging, we ended up ready to draw down our embassy and shift our remaining personnel to the airport in 48 several hours. And the armed forces – put on stand-by by the President – was in a position to protected the airport and get started the evacuation within just 72 hours,” Blinken will say, noting that no a person predicted the collapse to materialize as promptly as it did.
The nation’s prime diplomat will explain the evacuation of 124,000 individuals as “an extraordinary effort – below the most challenging disorders possible – by our diplomats, armed forces, and intelligence professionals.”
He will say that by the end of August, the US govt obtained out “almost all” of the Afghans and Americans who have been however in Afghanistan and required to get out.
Blinken will element how the vast work to get those people People in america and Afghans out of the nation – alongside US allies – began in the spring as President Biden produced his selection to withdraw US troops from the state.
“In advance of the President’s selection, I was in continual speak to with our Allies and associates to listen to their views and variable them into our pondering. When the President declared the withdrawal, NATO instantly and unanimously embraced it. We all set to function – together – on the drawdown,” Blinken programs to say.
“Similarly, we had been intensely concentrated on the safety of Individuals in Afghanistan. In March, we commenced urging them to leave the state. In whole, involving March and August, we sent 19 distinct messages with that warning – and with offers of assist, such as economic assistance to pay for airplane tickets,” he will continue.
Blinken will also echo President Biden in expressing that the crisis evacuation “was sparked by the collapse of the Afghan stability forces and governing administration.”
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