Ghani felicitates Biden on victory, hopes for US role in bringing peace  

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has extended congratulations to US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.


“Afghanistan looks forward to continuing/deepening our multilayered strategic partnership w/ the United States — our foundational partner — including in counterterrorism & bringing peace to Afghanistan.”


America chose Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president, who is seen as man whose character was forged by aching personal tragedy and who is pledging to restore calm and truth after Donald Trump’s exhausting and manic single term.


Ordinary citizens in Afghanistan also cheered Biden’s victory and are optimistic that he will finish the war and slow down the US departure from the state.


Other leaders and political elite in Afghanistan were also happy about Biden’s win over Trump.


“Biden will also finish the war, but he wants to bring the war to a responsible end, not rushing like Trump,” said Mohammad Dawood, a garment seller in Kabul.


This comes as former President Donald Trump and the Taliban signed a peace deal on February 29th, and the US agreed to withdraw all its troops by May 2021 from Afghanistan. 


 “The coming administration will have a “more tolerant” approach to peace talks, as Washington’s deal with the Taliban was “terrible” and gave no leverage to the government,” Timor Sharan, a lecturer at the American University in Afghanistan, said on Twitter.