Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has declined to sign the Afghan peace deal, TIME Magazine reported.
It is a deal between the US and Taliban to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
Pompeo said that US has defeated al-Qaeda, the group that had launched the attack on the US from Afghanistan and since two decades the risk in Afghanistan has reduced.
“There is a real achievement that has taken place, and we have in fact for now almost two decades greatly reduced the risk that an attack on the United States of America would emanate from Afghansoil, or for that matter from Pakistan as well,” Pompeo told The Daily Signal.
He also said that reducing the security forces in Afghanistan could free up US counterterrorism resources to wage a fight.
“The question today is how do we make sure that we match today’s requirements with American resources to most effectively keep America safe,” Pompeo said.
The US mission in Afghanistan is called Operation Freedom’s Sentinel—part of NATO’s larger Resolute Support Mission in the country.
“We want to get it right. We want to reduce risk,” Pompeo said.
He expressed his concerns over Americans protection from terrorism emanating in the Middle East and South Central Asia.
“I’m very confident that our policy in the Middle East and in South Central Asia will reflect both the desire to make sure we don’t put Americans at risk unnecessarily and, second, to make sure we’re doing everything we can to reduce the risk that terror will emanatenot only from Afghanistan, but from Iraq, or from Syria, or from anyplace else in the world.”
Pompeo said that the security situation in Afghanistan remains fragile.
“There’s al-Qaeda not only in Afghanistan today but in many other parts of the world,” Pompeo told The Daily Signal. “So no one in theTrump administration believes that we have completely defeated al-Qaeda, or radical Islamic terrorism more broadly.”