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US Blinken flew to Afghanistan to show support after Biden’s withdrawal announcement


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© Reuters. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, meeting with President Abdullah Abdullah of National Reconciliation Council in Kabul

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to Kabul on Thursday to express his support for the Afghan government a day after US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of US forces behind. 20 years of war.

Biden’s decision led to the withdrawal of NATO allies, even as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government was caught up in fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents and a peace process led by the United States. contradictions are being masked in uncertainty.

The withdrawal of foreign troops has raised concerns that the country might erupt in a large-scale civil war, providing space for al Qaeda for reconstruction.

Blinken visited Ghani at the presidential palace after greeting US soldiers at the permanent US embassy for the first time.

“The reason I am here, so quickly after last night’s presidential speech, is to demonstrate literally, by our presence, that we have a longstanding commitment to Afghanistan,” Blinken said. said at the embassy, ​​according to a joint report.

At the palace, he assured Ghani that “the partnership is changing, but this partnership will last.”

He is clearly referring to Biden’s assurances that the United States will continue to support the Afghan government through diplomacy and assistance and remains involved in efforts to secure a peace deal with Islamic forces Taliban teacher.

Blinken also met with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, who expressed support for the US decision.

“This does not mean that the relations and cooperation between the two countries have ended. A new chapter of relations and cooperation between the two countries has returned and we will continue to cooperate in different areas in the chapter. this “, Mr. Abdullah said in a statement.

Mr Biden said on Wednesday US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan starting May 1 and would disappear before September 11, the 20th anniversary of al Qaeda’s attack on the United States. the invasion led by the United States.

Foreign troops under the command of NATO will also withdraw from Afghanistan with the coordination of the US, NATO allies agreed. The withdrawal of foreign troops will be completed on September 11.

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