US former President Donald Trump on Thursday night in a TV interview with Fox News claimed that by leaving sophisticated military equipment, roughly worth $85 billion in Afghanistan, the country is now the second biggest seller of weapons after the US in the world.
While criticizing the hasty withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, Trump said, “We were very reckless in leaving Afghanistan, and I think it was the most shameful and weak moment in the history of our country.”
“No one can believe it, the biggest seller of military equipment after the US is Afghanistan,” he added.
Previously, the Former President of the US had also criticized the hasty withdrawal and leaving modern military equipment behind – adding Afghanistan has now become a major seller of military equipment in the world.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Fox News earlier, Trump had said that the Taliban are selling military equipment left behind by the US and turning it into wealth.
These remarks come as the United States signed the Doha Agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 in Doha Qatar to bring an end to the 20-year war in Afghanistan. The agreement did not involve the then-Afghan government, which was not only a critical peace deal but also a shameful agreement that caused a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan afterward.
The former US-backed Afghan government collapsed in August 2021, and the Taliban seized power with no serious confrontations, leaving sophisticated US military equipment behind worth billions.