Blinken discusses Afghan crisis with Kazakh

Washington: Over the telephone US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his counterpart in Kazakhistan about the vesxing Afghanistan situation, according to US State Department spokesperson Ned Price.
“Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Kazakhstan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi on August 13 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan,” Price said on Friday.
The discussion took place amid a redeployment of US forces to Kabul to aid the evacuation of Americans and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants who aided the United States in the war effort.
Blinken updated Tileuberdi about the United States’ plans to reduce its civilian footprint in Kabul, while emphasizing that Washington remains committed to maintaining a strong diplomatic and security relationship with the Afghan government.