Blinken answered questions at a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Department budget for fiscal 2024.
In the session, the abolition of the 2001 Military Force Authorization Act, which was enacted after the September 11 attacks and which is the legal basis for the operations carried out by the USA within the scope of the global war against terrorism policy, especially the invasion of Afghanistan, came to the agenda.
Asked by a senator whether the US still uses this law, Blinken replied, “Yes, we do.”
When asked about the abolition of the law, Blinken said, “I hope that if there is a progress in this direction, a simultaneous study will be carried out. There should be no gap between the repeal of the 2001 authorization law and the authorization law to be implemented. If there is a study in this direction, we are ready to work on a more focused, need-based authorization law that will replace the 2001 authorization law and that we can trust to ensure its security against the threat of DAESH and Al Qaeda.
On March 16, the Senate approved the bill, by 68 votes to 27, to officially repeal the “Authorization Law for the Use of Military Force in Iraq”, which was enacted in 2002 and paved the way for the invasion of Iraq.
There is a possibility for peace in the Azerbaijan-Armenia talks
Answering questions about the talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Blinken said that he held talks with both sides for a peace agreement and normalization of relations.
“I don’t want to exaggerate, but there is a chance for the peace agreement to bear fruit. At the Munich Security Conference, I met with Prime Minister (Nikol) Pashinyani and President (Ilham) Aliyev. I met foreign ministers in Washington. “I expect them to come together again and agree on a text,” he said.