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Following the United States government's announcement that it is pulling its forces out of Afghanistan in just under six months, the UK has given serious signals that it will follow the same timetable.
The Ministry of Defense released a statement reiterating that any changes to the UK presence will be in keeping with its NATO and US allies' position.
The MoD claims it is “working closely” with the UK's allies “to support a secure and stable Afghanistan."
"For there to be any chance of a lasting peace, the Taliban must engage meaningfully in a dialogue with the Afghan government," the MoD statement added.
Earlier, U.S. officials said their troops would depart the Afghan arena by September 11, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.
Addressing a meeting of NATO officials in Brussels on Wednesday (April 14), U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said: "I am here to work closely with our allies, with the [NATO] Secretary-General [Jens Stroltenberg], on the principle that we have established from the start: in together, adapt together and out together."
Blinken added that the Nato allies would work closely in the coming months "on a safe, deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan."