Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate changes.
Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July, following the assassination of Haiti's president.
While facing angry lawmakers on the Afghanistan issue, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State testified in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also informed that he was not aware of Ghani’s plan to leave Afghanistan.
Responding to Republicans in his grilling in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Secretary Of State Antony Blinken defended the evacuation effort, saying it succeeded despite near insurmountable odds.
The Taliban had provided al-Qaeda with sanctuary while it ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
The two diplomats are first set to talk bilaterally and later hold a virtual meeting with other foreign ministers, the German foreign ministry said in a statement.
Secretary of State Antony said that the US also expects the Taliban in Afghanistan to fulfil its commitments like countering terrorism, respecting the rights of women and minorities and not to engage in reprisal.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said Pakistan is a neighbor of Afghanistan and has supported and nurtured the Taliban.
'The participants will discuss an aligned approach for the days and weeks ahead,' State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
The report said in fact both the US and China have been discussing Afghanistan situation after Joe Biden came to power.
Thousands of Afghans have been gathered at the airport for days trying to flee the country since the Taliban takeover earlier this month. Western nations had warned of a possible attack.
Several of the Americans working phones and trying to pull strings to get out former Afghan colleagues, women's advocates, journalists and other vulnerable Afghans said they were still waiting for U.S. action.
Time is running out ahead of Biden's Aug 31 deadline to withdraw most remaining US troops, and the president on Friday night did not commit to extending it.
'Productive call with @DrSJaishankar today (Thursday) about Afghanistan. We agreed to continue our close coordination.', US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted after the call.
Almost 12,000 people have been moved out of the war ravaged country since August 14.
The insurgents stormed across the country, capturing all major cities in a matter of days, as Afghan security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. and its allies melted away.
The US has said it would deploy 6,000 troops at the airport to ensure safe departure of its citizens and friends and allies from Afghanistan.
Sporadic gunfire in Afghanistan Sunday frightened Afghan families fearful of Taliban rule and desperate for flights out, one of the last avenues for escape in an evacuation made far more urgent by the Taliban's weeklong sweep across the country.
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