Tuesday, 18 May 2021 07:00 GMT

Afghanistan- President Ghani discusses US troops' withdrawal with Joe Biden

(MENAFN - Khaama Press)

    President Ghani on Wednesday in a call spoke with US President Joe Biden, both leaders have discussed the US decision on troops withdrawal by early September.

    President Ghani in a tweet said that the ' Islamic Republic of Afghanistan respects the U.S decision' on troops withdrawal.

    He added that Afghanistan will work with its American partners to ensure a 'smooth transition'.

    Meanwhile, the Afghan President and US Secretary of States also discussed the upcoming Turkey summit.

    President Ashraf Ghani stressed that 'Afghanistan's proud security and defense forces are fully capable of defending its people and country, which they have been doing all along, and for which the Afghan nation will forever remain grateful'.

    According to the President, as Afghanistan is moving to its next phase of partnership with the international community, he assured that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will continue to work with US and NATO partners in the ongoing peace efforts.

    This comes as Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation said that US troops' withdrawal does not mean international aid will be cut to Afghanistan.

    He added, If the Taliban think they can take over Afghanistan through military power after foreign troops' withdrawal, this will be a huge miscalculation.

    The head of HCNR urged Afghans to come together and resolve their disputes instead of wasting time on waging war and violence.

    Whenever it is clear that foreign troops are no longer in the country, Afghanistan must find a way out on its own to avoid another future war.

    Moreover, Parliament speaker, Mir Rahman Rahmani and some members of the lower house on Wednesday warned that the withdrawal of foreign troops will drag Afghanistan into another civil war.

    According to Afghan lawmakers, United State's operation freedom in the country was to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and create good governance in which the US has failed.

    Rahmani added, that US withdrawal from the country is the desire of people but in the current time conditions have not been made for this to happen, 'there is a possibility of the return of civil war' which again will turn Afghanistan into a hub of international terrorism.


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