Afghan leader meets Biden as US exit looms

Afghan leader meets Biden as US exit looms

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Washington: US President Joe Biden pledged strong support to the Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani at the White House meeting on Friday, but made it clear that he does not intend to slow the withdrawal of US troops after nearly two decades of fighting.

Less than three months before the deadline to withdraw all troops, Biden told Ghani that even if the Afghans face an increasingly fierce offensive by the Taliban insurgents, they must decide their own destiny.

“The partnership between the United States and Afghanistan is not ending,” Biden said in the Oval Office.

“Our troops may be leaving, but support for Afghanistan is not ending.”

Even so, Biden told the Afghan president, “Afghans are going to have to decide their future, what they want.”

“The senseless violence, it has to stop. It s going to be very difficult.”

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