Kabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that the relationship between Kabul and Washington is expected to deepen in the field of counter-terrorism and peacebuilding as he congratulates Biden on his election victory.
“Afghanistan looks forward to continuing/deepening our multilayered strategic partnership w/ the United States — our foundational partner — including in counterterrorism & bringing peace to Afghanistan,” Ghani wrote on Twitter.
Biden’s victory was also welcomed by ordinary people, who thought he might slow down the pace of the withdrawal of troops that some people thought was too hasty.
The administration of US President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban on February 29, agreeing to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by May 2021.
“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.
“He will slow down the withdrawal from Afghanistan and will keep some troops here, which is good news.”
Withdrawal has always been the cornerstone of Trump’s plan to end the longest war in the United States.
His government agreed to completely separate from the Taliban in exchange for the Taliban’s promise to stop the activities of transnational jihadist groups such as Al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Afghanistan.
The US military has closed several bases across the country and evacuated thousands of soldiers in accordance with the agreement.
Timor Sharan, a lecturer at the University of the United States of America in Afghanistan, said on Twitter that the incoming Biden administration will adopt a “more tolerant” attitude towards peace negotiations because Washington’s deal with the Taliban is “bad”. Did not exert any influence on the government.
However, this excluded the Afghan government from the negotiations, and it also released nearly 6,000 Taliban prisoners, which is a great deal amidst the dissatisfaction of the authorities.
A few days after the prisoners were released, peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end the war were held in the capital of Qatar.
Negotiations began on September 12 and have so far failed to make any significant progress.
However, the Taliban intensified their daily attacks on the Afghan security forces, and violence surged across the country, including Kabul.
In the two attacks on educational institutions in the capital, dozens of people were killed within a few days.
Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, but officials blamed the Taliban.
“Biden’s election as president is good news for Afghanistan,” said Ahmed Javed, a student at a university in Kabul.
“I don’t think he will repeat the mistakes Trump made. I think Biden will even reconsider the U.S.-Taliban deal and then somehow keep some troops in Afghanistan.”