Afghanistan's Ghani urges Biden to up pressure on Taliban

Afghanistan’s Ghani urges Biden to up pressure on Taliban

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Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday urged the new US government to increase pressure on the Taliban and not rush to withdraw troops.

Ghani said that the Taliban failed to meet the conditions reached by the agreement reached in February 2020 with the United States to reduce attacks in Afghanistan and long-term ties with Al Qaeda.

Ghani said in an online speech at the Aspen Security Forum: “The United States and NATO must take a very firm position on a conditional approach.”

“They signed an agreement; the agreement now needs to be implemented.”

Although negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan government held peace talks in Doha last year, violence in Afghanistan is on the rise.

Ghani said the Taliban must admit to attacking government forces and assassinating public figures.

Ghani suggested that the Taliban use former President Donald Trump’s haste to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and continue to attack government forces.

Ghani said that after reaching the Taliban agreement with the United States last year, U.S. officials assured Kabul that “there will be a ceasefire or that violence will be greatly reduced.”

He said: “On the contrary, violence has reached its peak.”

The Taliban did not engage in peace talks in good faith, but were looking for an excuse not to meet.

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