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Reed leading U.S. senate delegation to Afghanistan

16 Apr 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island is leading a

congressional delegation to Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern

countries that is meant to assess the impact of American policies.

Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee,

is being joined by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a member of Armed

Services and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Doug Jones of

Alabama, a member of the Armed Services Committee.

In an interview with The Public’s Radio in February, Reed

blamed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 with needlessly shifting the focus

from Afghanistan.

Sixteen years later, Reed said, there’s no easy way to wind

down the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan while protecting American


“It’s one of the most complicated issues you can think of,”

Reed said. “I do think negotiations, discussions, are warranted. But the

question is, how do you transition that from a two-party, the U.S. and the

Taliban, into a multi-party, not just the government of Afghanistan – which is

critical – but also the surrounding neighbors who will have a say in this, the

Pakistanis as well as many other countries in the area.”

The current trip marks Reed’s 18th visit to Afghanistan

and his 21st to Iraq.

According to his office, the senator is meeting “with heads

of state, high-ranking foreign leaders, diplomats, and American military

commanders, civilian personnel, as well as deployed personnel from their home

states.” The delegation is expected to return to the U.S. at mid-week.

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