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Blinken and Austin on a trip to the Gulf countries

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WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (AP) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will hold discussions with allies in the Gulf countries and Europe amid the potential impact of the failed war in Afghanistan on ties with West Asian countries. Blinken and Lloyd are leaving for different Gulf countries on Sunday. He will meet the leaders of the region. The US is trying to prevent the threat of extremists from re-emerging in Afghanistan. Many of these leaders have been Washington’s partners in the 20-year war against the Taliban. believed to be

WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (AP) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will hold discussions with allies in the Gulf countries and Europe amid the potential impact of the failed war in Afghanistan on ties with West Asian countries. Blinken and Lloyd are leaving for different Gulf countries on Sunday. He will meet the leaders of the region. The US is trying to prevent the threat of extremists from re-emerging in Afghanistan. Many of these leaders have been Washington’s partners in the 20-year war against the Taliban.

Austin and Blinken’s visit together is believed to be an attempt to reassure partner countries in the Gulf that President Joe Biden’s decision to end the US war in Afghanistan will focus on other security challenges such as those of China and Russia. not to leave the West Asian partners alone.

The US military has had a presence in the Gulf for decades and the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain. Biden has not hinted at ending the US presence, but has described China as a first security priority and at the same time spoke of a strategic challenge from Russia.

Austin told a news conference at the Pentagon announcing his visit to the Gulf countries that there is a constant focus on the threat of terrorism and “anywhere trying to address the threat to the American people.”

At the same time, the US is focusing on the new strategic challenge posed by China, he said.

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At the same time, Blinken is going on a trip to Qatar. He will also stop in Germany where he will meet those evacuated from Afghanistan who have been kept at Ramstein Air Base and who await clearance to travel to the US. During this, he will also participate in digital meetings with counterparts from 20 countries.

Austin plans to begin his visit by thanking Qatar, which has helped the United States evacuate people from Kabul. He plans to speak to US Marines during his visit to Bahrain.

The Defense Minister also plans to visit Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

AP Dheeraj Netrapal

ophthalmologist

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