Biden Asserts Continued Support for Afghanistan


KABUL: In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden said that his administration will continue to fully support peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban and will encourage other countries in the region, particularly Pakistan to boost efforts for facilitating a political settlement in Afghanistan.

He also promised to train hundreds of thousands of Afghan troops by America and its partners and added that the US will with the support of Congress, “continue to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces”.

The US will withdraw responsibly, deliberately, and safely, from Afghanistan, in full coordination with its allies and partners, Biden added.

He stated that the decision to withdraw was made “after conducting a rigorous policy review process and consulting closely with our allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence personnel, with our diplomats and our development experts, with the Congress and the Vice President, and with the President of Afghanistan and many other leaders around the world.”

“We will hold the Taliban and the Afghan government accountable to their commitments not to allow terrorists to threaten the United States or its allies from Afghan soil. And we will refine our national strategy to monitor and disrupt terrorist threats wherever they arise,” Biden’s letter read.

The US and NATO forces are scheduled to complete the final withdrawal phase from Afghanistan by September 11.