US President Biden will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House on Friday to discuss the withdrawal of US troops amid clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban.
In their first face-to-face meeting, Biden will try to reassure Hanni, Abdullah ժողովրդ Abdullah, the people of Afghanistan of US assistance, including diplomatic, economic and humanitarian assistance, the White House said in a statement on Sunday. Biden will also reiterate his promise to ensure that the country never becomes a safe haven for armed groups.
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Since Biden’s decision in April to withdraw all US troops before 9/11 to end America’s longest war in nearly 20 years, the Taliban have fought battles with government forces every day, claiming to have captured 40 districts.
The group has been campaigning to expand its influence across the country as the United States began withdrawing troops on May 1, closing some bases and handing them over to the Afghan government.
The Taliban say the visit is “useless.”
“They (Ghani: Abdullah) will talk to US officials to protect their power and personal interests,” said Taliban spokesman Ab Abihullah Mojahid. “It will not do any good for Afghanistan.”
There was no immediate response from Hani Ani’s office, but a senior Afghan official said the Afghan president would seek assurances from the United States that he would continue to support Afghan security forces after leaving.
The visit will take place in Qatar amid slow progress in talks between the Taliban and Afghan government officials.
Officials have spoken out about the slow talks, saying the Taliban have not yet submitted a written peace offer that could be used as a starting point for substantive talks.
In May, U.S. intelligence analysts said the Taliban would “reverse” much of the progress made in Afghan women’s rights if the group regained national power.
On Sunday, the Taliban said they would stick to peace talks, but insisted that a “true Islamic system” was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan and secure rights, including for women.
“The real Islamic system is the best way to solve all the problems of the Afghan people,” said Mullah Abdul Hanani Ani Baradar, co-founder and vice-president of the Taliban movement.
US to speed up visas
Afghans who have worked in the United States for two decades during the deployment of NATO troops fear that militant groups will target their families in exchange for foreign aid.
The Biden administration says it is adding staff to speed up the visa process for Afghans. Refugee Advocates որոշ Some members of Congress, however, say the effort is not living up to their expectations.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, US National Security Adviser Ake Sullivan said the issue was a “priority” for Biden, that the administration was ousting people at a “record pace”, although he did not give exact figures.
“And we are planning a large-scale evacuation if possible. “We will take all these steps to ensure that we are done right by the people who did the right thing by us,” he said.
Asked whether the escalation of violence in the country is forcing the administration to delay its departure for the United States from Bagram Air Base, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, Sullivan said there has been no change in plans so far, but added:
“What we do is look every week to check when a delay is occurring, whether it coincides with our efforts to ensure that there is a sufficient security presence at the embassy to ensure that the airport is secure.”
Last week, the United States welcomed Turkey’s commitment to securing Kabul airport, addressing a potential area of concern.
Turkey, a Muslim-majority country but also a member of NATO, the transatlantic alliance, has played a key role in Afghanistan since 2001, including sending troops in non-combat roles and, more recently, welcoming Taliban government officials to the talks. about the future of the country.
Kabul Airport, established after 2001 with the support of US և Japan Aponia, providing an economic lifeline, is crucial to Afghanistan’s future.