CIA Director Burns

CIA Director Burns Talks Secretly With Top Taliban Leaders, Worries Russia And China

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CIA Director Jay Burns went to Kabul for talks amid the tough stance of the Taliban in Afghanistan. US officials have confirmed this news. It has been said on behalf of the officials that Burns has had personal talks with top Taliban leaders in Kabul. On behalf of the White House, it has been said that this is the first talk of a top US official after the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan. The special thing is that the US CIA chief’s visit to Kabul has come at a time when the Taliban is taking a tough stand on the withdrawal of American troops. The Taliban has given a deadline of August 31 for the withdrawal of American troops. The Taliban has made it clear that as long as there is not a single American soldier in Afghanistan, they will not proceed with the process of government formation. On the other hand, US President Biden has taken this deadline of the Taliban seriously. This incident is being seen as a link to this episode.

The talks are not related to the withdrawal of US troops

The talks are being kept confidential by the Biden administration. No details of Burns’ visit have been given by the US government. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to discuss Burns’ visit. The Biden administration, however, acknowledged that he was in regular contact with the Taliban. The CIA and the National Security Council declined to comment on Burns’ visit, which was previously reported by The Washington Post. On behalf of the Biden administration, it has been said that this visit has nothing to do with the withdrawal of American troops. It further said that the purpose of this visit has nothing to do with the withdrawal of American troops in Kabul or the August 31 deadline of the Taliban.

America’s message to Russia and China

  • Pro. Harsh Pant believes that Burns is considered a very experienced diplomat in the Biden administration. Burns led the diplomatic talks that began in Qatar during the tenure of former President Donald Trump. In America, he is known as a backchannel negotiator. US President Joe Biden has this time also entrusted this responsibility to the veteran diplomat Burns. For the first time in Kabul, Burns had a secret discussion with key Taliban leaders on the situation there.
  • He said Burns’ visit could have many implications. With the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan, the way China and Russia have shown their interest in Kabul has increased America’s concern. Through this visit of Burns, America has given a message that despite the withdrawal of American troops, it is serious about American interests.
  • Pvt. Pant said that the US, without initiating any diplomatic ties with the Taliban, has sent a message that it is still a major player in Afghanistan. The US has taken this step when China and Russia are talking about building diplomatic relations with the Taliban.
  • He said that the way the Taliban has been strict about the withdrawal of American troops, a wrong message was being sent. In such a situation, by sending Burns to Kabul, the talks of top Taliban leaders should also be seen as this link. The US kept this visit a secret because so far the US has not talked about any kind of diplomatic relations with the Taliban rule.
  • Pvt. Pant said that with the evacuation of American troops, the concern of the Biden administration has also increased regarding the security of Kabul airport. The US will need the Taliban to prevent the Islamic State or any suicide bombings at the airport. In such a situation, Burns will ask Taliban leaders to ensure that all his soldiers in Afghanistan remain safe. The US has sent thousands of troops to secure the airport and evacuations have accelerated in recent days.
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