According to Washington Times, The US president on his first visit to Pentagon as commander in chief indicated that he could abandon May 1st withdrawal plan from Afghanistan, and stressed on using diplomacy as the first tool of statecraft.
Biden also showed that he would never hesitate to use force to defend vital interests of the American people only when necessary.
“As your commander in chief, I will never hesitate to use force to defend the vital interest of America, the American people and our allies around the world when necessary,” Biden said adding that the “central indispensable mission of the Department of Defense is to deter aggression from our enemies, and if required to, fight and win wars to keep America safe.”
He said department of defense is plays in an important role and is essential for tasks state department diplomats do around the world.
“I believe force should be a tool of last resort — not first,” he said. “The central, indispensable mission of the Department of Defense is to deter aggression from our enemies”, Biden said during his visit to Pentagon.
Biden remarked that he would work with Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin to bring a responsible end to wars that have been dragged for too long.
Biden added, “to bring a responsible end to wars that have dragged on for far too long, while continuing to ensure that terrorist threats cannot endanger the security of the American people”.
US-Taliban deal on February 2020 demands all American troops to fully withdraw by May 2021, Biden administration said any deal should be based on conditions on the ground rather than a date set on a calendar.
Biden as a father to a military son knows the full weight of what it means to ask young Americans to go to serve in wars, “Being commander-in-chief is an enormous responsibility and one that I will never take lightly or easily,” he said.
This comes as India at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday said that the peace process in Afghanistan by orchestrated through violent attacks,
and that Al-Qaida, Daesh and terror groups are now relocating in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces, across the Durand Line, ANI reported.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti said, “It is essential that we don’t lose sight of the ease with which the proscribed Haqqani Network and its supporters, especially the Pakistan authorities, have worked along with prominent terrorist organizations like Al-Qaida, Daesh, Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan in South Asia,”.
He said that the UN Secretary General’s report on Daesh should also cover activities of the proscribed terrorist entities under Daesh and “Al Qaida Sanctions regime like Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Pakistan based terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and “frontal organizations that raise funds for their activities.”