US, French, British and German diplomats will discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Wednesday in Brussels. They will also discuss the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia and the nuclear negotiations with Iran.
During this quadripartite meeting of NATO, “the foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany will meet in addition to a French representative,” and “the main topic of discussions will be Afghanistan, in addition to current developments regarding the borders between Ukraine and Russia and the nuclear agreement with Iran,” according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry. German.
The talks come as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are in Brussels for video consultations with their NATO counterparts.
The end of the mission?
The alliance must decide whether conditions are appropriate to end the “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan or whether to maintain this military presence of 9,600 troops from 36 countries.
According to a US official, Joe Biden decided that US forces would remain in Afghanistan after the first of May, but they would leave “unconditionally” by September 11th.
Germany’s Defense Minister said on Wednesday that NATO soldiers participating in Afghanistan are as likely to withdraw in September as US forces.
The Allies are also seeking to formulate a response in Moscow in an effort to defuse a new conflict in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Iran also announced a dizzying jump in its uranium enrichment activities to the 60% threshold, an unprecedented step in breaching its commitments, at a time when international discussions are underway to try to re-launch the 2015 deal limiting the country. The nuclear program.
France condemned this “dangerous development,” saying that it required a “coordinated response” from the countries participating in the negotiations on the nuclear issue.