Washington: US President Joe Biden met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former political enemy Abdullah Abdullah at the White House on Friday, where he called on the Afghans to decide their country’s future. Because the last group of U.S. forces tightened government forces after 20 years of war to repel the Taliban’s offensive.
Biden, who sits next to Ghani and Abdullah in the Oval Office, called them “two old friends” and said that US support for Afghanistan has not ended, but despite the US withdrawal, it will continue.
“Afghans will have to decide their future, what they want,” Biden said, “meaningless violence must stop.”
Ghani said that Afghan security forces retaken six areas on Friday. He expressed his respect for Biden’s decision that the partnership between the United States and Afghanistan is entering a new phase.
“We are determined to stand together,” he said.
Ghani said in an interview with reporters after the meeting that the decision of the United States to withdraw troops is a sovereign decision, and Kabul’s work is to “manage consequences.”
He added that Biden has made it clear that the US embassy will continue to operate, security assistance will continue, and in some cases, progress will be accelerated.
Abdullah said in an interview with Reuters after the Biden meeting that unless the insurgents themselves withdraw, they should not abandon the negotiations on a political settlement within Afghanistan to a deadlock.
“I don’t think we should close the door unless the Taliban completely close it,” Abdullah said. “Despite the lack of progress or despite what has happened on the ground, we cannot refuse to negotiate.”
The symbolism of the Oval Office meeting to Ghani may be as valuable as any new U.S. help, as it will be seen as affirming Biden’s support for the troubled Afghan leader as he faces the Taliban’s benefits and explosion. And the assassinations and COVID-19 surge in Kabul’s cases and political infighting.
Ronald Neuman, the former U.S. ambassador to Kabul, said: “When morale is very low and things are going downhill, anything that can help boost morale and support the government is worth it.” “Invite Gani. Coming here is a very strong sign that we support him.”
However, just a few months ago, US officials pressured Ghani to step down for the transitional government based on a draft political agreement, and they adopted a failed strategy to break the deadlock in the peace talks.
Biden has asked Congress to approve US$3.3 billion in security assistance to Afghanistan next year and will send 3 million doses of vaccine there to help it fight COVID-19.
U.S. officials have made it clear that Biden will not prevent the withdrawal of U.S. troops-which may be completed in the next few weeks-and that he is unlikely to approve any U.S. military support for Kabul to prevent the Taliban from making recommendations, intelligence, and aircraft maintenance. External progress.
Earlier, the Afghan leaders held a second day’s meeting on Capitol Hill, and Biden’s decision to withdraw was opposed by many members of both sides.
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi welcomed Gani to the bipartisan leaders’ meeting. She said she was looking forward to hearing about what can be done with humanitarian aid in the United States, especially for women and girls.
Many lawmakers and experts are deeply concerned that the Taliban — if they regain power — will reverse the progress made in the rights of women and girls who were severely suppressed and banned from education and work during the rebellion from 1996 to 2001.