Washington, Apr 6 : US President Donald Trump’s administration is considering reducing its diplomatic footprint in Afghanistan as part of a broader effort to extricate the country from its costly and deadly 18-year conflict, US officials said. The number of US diplomats stationed in Kabul is planned to be halved by 2020.
According to a plan that has yet to be approved, between 20 and 30 US diplomats in Iraq may lose their positions this year, and another 30-50 per cent of the staff of US diplomatic missions in Baghdad and Erbil may be cut next year. The plans are consistent with Washington’s intention to reduce military presence in the Middle East and South Asia in order to prepare for the so-called era of great-power competition with China and Russia, US State Department officials said. (UNI)