Meet with US President Joe Biden Afghan leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah demonstrated at the White House on Friday the U.S.’s continued commitment to Afghanistan during the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
“The partnership between Afghanistan and the United States is not over,” Biden said at the Oval Office meeting with Ghani and Abdullah.
Biden said: “This will continue, you know, our troops will withdraw, but our support for Afghanistan is not over.”
According to the Associated Press, most of the approximately 4,000 American soldiers currently in Afghanistan will be evacuated in the next two weeks, and the United States is expected to remove the US and coalition commanders early by July 4.
At the beginning of the meeting, Biden gave a brief speech in front of the media, praising Ghani and Abdullah for their “hard work” and their efforts to “realize the overall unity of the Afghan leaders.”
“The Afghans will have to decide their future and what they want. It will not be because we lack help,” Biden said.
Ghani thanked the US military and his family for their sacrifices in Afghanistan over the past 20 years, but said that this war-torn country is now on the brink of civil war.
Ghani said: “This is the choice of values, the values of the inclusive system or the values of exclusion,” he added, adding that the Afghan government forces are driving the Taliban militants out of disputed areas.
Gani said: “We are determined to maintain unity, cohesion and national sacrifice consciousness, and will not let go of anything.”
“You will see that with determination, unity and partnership, we will overcome all difficulties.”
Ghani and Abdullah met with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and CIA officials earlier on Friday to discuss the handover of the US military and future contingency plans.
“We are very encouraged and satisfied that this partnership is happening,” Ghani said at the White House.
In the context of strengthening security measures, Ghani was originally scheduled to speak at a media conference in Washington, DC after the meeting with Biden at the White House.
Biden set a formal deadline for the withdrawal of American and foreign troops from Afghanistan by September 11, which is the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion after Al Qaeda attacked New York and Washington, DC.
U.S. officials told the Associated Press that approximately 650 U.S. soldiers will remain in Afghanistan after the main U.S. military contingent completes the evacuation to provide security for international diplomats in the United States and Kabul.
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera that the armed group has “The right to react” If the United States continues to station troops in Afghanistan after September 11, the withdrawal will be completed by then.
“If they stay here, then I think this is a continuation of the occupation. They violated, and we have every right to react,” Shaheen said.
Hundreds of US troops will remain at the Kabul airport, possibly until September, to assist the Turkish army in providing security there. US officials described this as a temporary operation until more formal security operations led by Turkey are in place.
The Turkish Defense Minister stated that as part of the NATO deployment, Turkey has deployed 500 soldiers in Afghanistan, who will be redistributed to protect the airport.
Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed airport security arrangements when they met in Brussels during the NATO summit in early June.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said before the meeting on Friday that Biden has a “basic belief” that “in 20 years, it is time to let our military go home.”
“We are doing this in an orderly and timely manner,” Psaki told reporters at the White House.
Fighting between the Afghan government forces and the Taliban has increased in recent weeks as the Taliban intensified their attacks on Afghan security forces and police, increasing Civil war broke out again.
Since May, combatants belonging to the armed group have taken over Large territory Surrounding capital cities. The progress of the Taliban has aroused the vigilance of senior officials of the United Nations and the United States.
Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said during a meeting with the French Foreign Minister in Paris on Friday that the Taliban’s attack was incompatible with Peace Negotiation Framework The United States has agreed to armed groups.
“We are reviewing the situation in Afghanistan very carefully,” Brinken told reporters at a media conference in Paris.
“We are also working very hard to study whether the Taliban really have any sincerity in resolving conflicts peacefully,” Brinken said.
“We continue to participate in diplomacy, but the attempt to seize the country by force is of course completely inconsistent with finding a peaceful solution,” he said.
As the withdrawal draws to a close, the Biden administration is Ready to evacuate There may be thousands of Afghan translators, drivers and assistants working in the United States.
“We have identified a group…they have served as interpreters and translators-and other risky categories-and they have helped us. They will be treated before we complete our military drawdown by September Relocate to a place outside of Afghanistan,” Psaki said on Friday.