KABUL: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani rejected all military parallels with the US wars in Afghanistan and Vietnam on Sunday, saying Afghanistan would not collapse if American troops leave the country.
After 20 years of American and foreign presence, President Ghani believes that it is time for Afghanistan to reclaim and won back its sovereignty.
“Over 90% of operations have been carried out by Afghan defense and security forces in the last two years,” Ghani told CNN during an interview on Sunday, adding, “The US and multinational powers took risks 20 years ago.”
“We have 40,000-strong forces and its high time we won back our sovereignty and started a new partnership with the Americans and international community,” he said.
Ghani said that there was no religious justification for the war in Afghanistan and a political settlement to end the Afghan crisis should be reached.
Last week, US President Joe Biden said that all 2,500 American troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by September 11 of this year.
After Al Qaeda’s September 11 attacks on the United States, the US-led invasion of Afghanistan began in October 2001.