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Question: American officials are allowing an “express withdrawal” of US troops from Afghanistan in July this year, contrary to President Biden’s original plan to leave the country by September. Is a forced withdrawal process in the interests of stability and security in the IRA?

Answer: First of all, the United States does not officially confirm the information on the reduction of the time for the withdrawal of troops. September 11 of this year is still used as a reference point. At the same time, attention is drawn to the accelerated pace of the American roll-up of the military presence in Afghanistan (up to 1/2 of the personnel and equipment were withdrawn), which may indicate an earlier completion of the process.

As for the extent to which the forced withdrawal of foreign troops meets the interests of stability and security of the IRA, we believe that this issue should be addressed primarily to the authorities of the Islamic Republic. For our part, we are convinced that the end of the foreign military presence and the implementation of an inclusive process of national reconciliation are necessary conditions for stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan and establishing long-term peace in that country.

Question: US Secretary of State E. Blinken announced Washington’s plans to resume the work of the American Consulate General in Jerusalem for the Palestinians. Could this move be consistent with the establishment of stability in East Jerusalem?

Answer: The establishment of stability in East Jerusalem, as well as in the Palestinian-Israeli direction as a whole, will be facilitated by a comprehensive and sustainable settlement of the Palestinian problem on a generally recognized international legal basis. The path to this lies through the launch of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with the aim of resolving all fundamental issues of the final status.

As for Washington’s own plans to resume the work of the American Consulate General in Jerusalem, this step, apparently, is within the framework of the current administration of J. Biden to adjust the course of his predecessor in the Middle East settlement. We believe that this gesture has a symbolic meaning, since the decision to restore the US official representation, which carried out the tasks of maintaining contacts with the leadership of the Palestinian National Authority, is unlikely to have a significant impact on the prospects for a comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East in the absence of a negotiation process between the parties themselves. conflict. However, as US Secretary of State E. Blinken said in an interview with the Palestinian publication Al-Ayyam, it is still premature to talk about restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue in the United States. By the way, he also noted that the specific dates for the resumption of the work of the American Consulate General in East Jerusalem have not yet been determined.

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