U.S. Seeks UN-Led Afghan Peace Talks

Full withdrawal of U.S. troops by May 1 still under consideration.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken submitted a plan to accelerate talks with the Taliban over peace in Afghanistan, while the administration is still considering a troop withdrawal. President Trump had set a date for the full withdrawal of U.S. troops by May 1.

In a letter to the president of Afghanistan, Secretary Blinken suggested a United Nations-facilitated conference with foreign ministers and envoys from the U.S., Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and Iran to “discuss a unified approach to supporting peace in Afghanistan.” He also called for a 90-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan to prevent a “spring offensive by the Taliban.”

According to the secretary’s letter, the U.S. will ask Turkey to host a senior-level meeting of “both sides in the coming weeks to finalize a peace agreement.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For administration efforts to secure a broad-based discussion of peace in Afghanistan.
  • For Secretary Blinken and other foreign ministers reevaluating the peace agreement from last year that called for U.S. troop withdrawal by May 1.
  • For American troops remaining in Afghanistan, their safety, and potential return to the U.S.

Sources: Axios, Business Insider


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