White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the commitment to evacuate all Americans from Afghanistan, which official sources place between 100 and 200, “has not changed” despite the end of Washington’s military presence there. country.
“We are going to remove all US citizens. That has not changed,” said Psaki during his press conference, a day after the United States completed the gigantic operation to evacuate and withdraw troops from the Central Asian country.
Republicans in the lower house Congress today criticized President Joe Biden, for “being left behind” to Americans in Afghanistan.
This Tuesday, the National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, indicated that a hundred Americans remain in Afghanistan.
Previously, the Pentagon and the State Department reported that there were less than 200 Americans in that country.
Psaki came out of the criticism by underlining that Biden “remains committed” to achieving the exit of the Americans from Afghan territory and stressed that this is a “lasting” commitment on which they will focus “every day. “
The spokeswoman assured that they maintain contact with some Americans in Afghanistan by email or through WhatsApp messages, but declined to confirm any figures regarding the departure of these citizens during this day.
“I do not have an update for you on the numbers,” he said, leaving the matter in the hands of the State Department.
The spokeswoman referred to the new US diplomatic strategy towards Afghanistan unveiled on Monday by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which includes the transfer of the Kabul legation to Doha (Qatar) and takes place after the coming to power of the Taliban.
Psaki also noted that Washington and its allies have “enormous influence” over the Taliban, including access to the global market, to continue evacuations from Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. EFE