United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in his first-ever testimony in front of the US Congress since the Afghanistan withdrawal, defended the decisions taken by President Joe Biden and said that if the pullout was not concluded, attacks on US troops would have continued, according to US media reports.
Blinken said, "Had he not followed through on his predecessor’s commitment, attacks on our forces and those of our allies would have resumed and the Taliban’s nationwide assault on Afghanistan’s major cities would have commenced", CNN reported.
Lawmakers in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives have also backed statements given by Blinken on Monday.
Gregory Meeks, a Representative from New York and chair of the committee, told other lawmakers present that a smooth withdrawal from Afghanistan was never possible.
The 67-year-old legislator went a step ahead and challenged other Representatives to put forward a plan that would have worked better than the one executed by the Biden administration.
Further, into the US Congress testimony, Blinken announced that the administration of President Biden is maintaining constant contact with the Americans who have been left behind in Afghanistan.
"We are in constant contact with American citizens still in Afghanistan who have told us that they wish to leave", CNN reported.
Blinken added, "Each has been assigned a case management team to offer specific guidance and instruction. Each has been assigned a case management team to offer specific guidance and instruction."
The Secretary of State also spoke about the newly announced humanitarian aid for the people of Afghanistan. According to reports from ANI, Blinken said, "we announced that US is providing nearly USD 64 million in new humanitarian assistance to people of Afghanistan, to meet critical health & nutrition needs, address protection concerns of women, children, and minorities."