The US President is going to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday. During the meeting, the two leaders will discuss ways to ensure that Afghanistan does not again become a safe haven for terrorist groups, the White House said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the meeting will also discuss how they can work together to implement humanitarian aid. The US may be withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, but it remains committed to fulfilling other promises of assistance made by it and this too will be discussed during the meeting.
This high-level meeting between Biden and Ghani is going to take place in the midst of the uncontrollable situation in Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents have seized dozens of districts in Afghanistan in recent weeks. It is being said that both sides have suffered heavy losses during this period. The escalation of conflict between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants has dealt a fresh blow to US-mediated peace talks between Kabul and the insurgents.
Let us tell you that under the February 2020 agreement, the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan has started, which will be completed by September 11. In April, President Biden announced that the US would withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks. This step was taken in an effort to end a deadly conflict. The conflict cost trillions of dollars and killed more than 2,300 American soldiers. Biden made it clear that a sustained military strategy in Afghanistan would not last long.
Responding to Biden’s announcement, Afghan President Ghani said he respected the US decision to withdraw its troops by September this year. Ghani pointed out that Afghanistan’s national defense and security forces have been conducting most operations independently to protect the people and the country since the February 2020 US-Taliban agreement. “Our military is capable of defending Afghanistan against current threats,” he said in a statement in April.