United States has “begun a new chapter” in Afghanistan, Blinken says

'We've lost to barefoot students' is the working title of the chapter

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the United States has “begun a new chapter” in Afghanistan. A few hours after the completion of the American retreat from Afghanistan on Monday evening, Blinken said his country will now lead in a “new diplomatic mission”.

The withdrawal marked the end of the 20-year US military presence in Afghanistan.

“The military mission is over. A new diplomatic mission has begun,” Blinken said. He did not exclude cooperation with a Taliban-led government in Kabul. “If we can work with a new Afghan government in a way that safeguards our national interest, we will.”

The U.S. no longer has an embassy in Afghanistan. Diplomatic relations will be maintained from the embassy in Doha, Qatar.

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