Antony Blinken Will Testify Before House And Senate On Afghanistan Withdrawal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will testify before Congress on the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Blinken has been scheduled to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, September 14, for a hearing titled “Examining the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

Blinken is also expected to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee for a similar hearing.

The Secretary of State’s testimony on the Afghanistan withdrawal will follow his September 5-8 trip to Doha, Qatar and Ramstein, Germany. The trip was touted by the State Department as an opportunity for Blinken to offer thanks to allies and partners.

“While there, he will reaffirm and strengthen our partnerships to promote peace, security, and human dignity,” State Department spokesman Ned Price tweeted.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin embarked on a similar trip to the Arabian Gulf, as well.

Austin said his trip was part of an effort “to thank our partners there who have done so much to help save and shelter Afghan civilians.”