Afghan leader Ghani to visit White House as withdrawal nears

posted June 21, 2021 at 10:30 am
by  AFP
Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani and the head of the country's peace process will meet President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday, as the planned American military withdrawal accelerates.

In this file photo taken on January 26, 2017, People walk past the guard tower of Camp 5 at the US Military's Prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. - Yemenis Ali al-Hajj al-Sharqawi and Abd Al Salam Al Hilal, who have been held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 17 years as alleged al-Qaeda supporters, have won their release, according to newly published Defense Department filings on their cases. Both detained in 2002 as US authorities, citing a "war on terror," combed the world for members of al-Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Thomas Watkins / AFP
Biden has ordered the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that triggered the invasion. In moving to end America's longest war, the president said he believes that no more can be achieved.

"The visit by President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will highlight the enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan as the military drawdown continues," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday.

As the US military presses ahead to meet the September 11 deadline, the Taliban have fought daily battles with government forces and claim to have captured 40 districts.

The growing fear and uncertainty about the future have left many Afghans desperate to leave, including thousands of men and women who fear reprisals because they worked with foreign forces.

The Taliban said Sunday they remain committed to peace talks but insisted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan was the only way to end the war and ensure rights -- including for women.

Talks between the militants and the Afghan government have been deadlocked for months and violence has surged across the country since May when the US military began its final withdrawal.

Topics: Ashraf Ghani , Joe Biden , Abdullah Abdullah , Jen Psaki
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