Washington Calls on Taliban to Spare US Embassy as Fight for Kabul Nears

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President Joe Biden gets briefed by Liz Sherwood Randall, Julie Rodriguez and participates in a conference phone call with governors affected by the snow storm in the middle of the country in the Oval Office, February 16, 2021, in Washington. Photo: White House/ZUMA Wire/dpa

The Biden administration is trying to get assurances from the Taliban terror group (banned in Russia) that the militants will not attack the US Embassy in Kabul if the group takes the capital, two American officials told the New York Times on Thursday on condition of anonymity.

The effort is reportedly led by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad who regularly conducts meetings with the Afghan government and the Taliban negotiations teams to facilitate dialogue amid the escalating violence.

The aim of the negotiations is to delay the evacuation of the US embassy personnel amid the deteriorating situation in the country, two officials confirmed.

The report comes as the US embassy in Kabul is urging Americans residing in Afghanistan to leave the country immediately.

The Taliban is pushing forward to retake Afghanistan as US and other foreign troops are withdrawing from the country. The troop withdrawal was one of the points of agreement that the Taliban and the United States reached in Doha in February of last year.

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