The United States intends to "stay in the game" in Afghanistan, and envisions a proactive role for Pakistan in this process - stressing that it is in Islamabad's interest to participate.
Blinken stated that "We’re pulling our forces out of Afghanistan, we are not withdrawing. We are not leaving. We are remaining deeply engaged when it comes to supporting Afghanistan — economically, development assistance, humanitarian, supporting its security forces".
“We know that the Council has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting tyranny and injustice around the world. By being present at the table, we seek to reform it and ensure it can live up to that potential,” a senior State Department official said.