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Washington: US President Joe Biden warned that as part of an agreement with the Taliban, it is possible to withdraw all US soldiers from Afghanistan before May 1, but this is a “difficult” deadline.

“Could happen, but it is tough,” Biden said when asked in a TV interview broadcast Wednesday.

“I m in the process of making that decision now as to when they ll leave,” he said while taking a direct swipe as his predecessor Donald Trump.

“The fact is that that was not a very solidly negotiated deal that the president, the former president worked out,” he said.

“The failure to have an orderly transition from the Trump presidency to my presidency, which usually takes place from election day to the time he s sworn in, has cost me time and consequences.

“That s one of the issues we re talking about now, in terms of Afghanistan.”

The United States should complete its full withdrawal on May 1 in an agreement that also saw the Taliban insurgents agree to peace talks with the administration of President Abdul Ghani.

However, the negotiations held in Qatar since September have made little progress.

Washington wants to start the peace process and get the Taliban and the Afghan government to agree to some form of power sharing.

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