Afghanistan National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Mohib who was speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2021 stated that he sees the foreign troops’ withdrawal as a great opportunity for the Afghans to take full control of their security situations.
Mohib further elaborated that Afghanistan does not need the US troops to combat on the ground in the country, but what Afghanistan needs is the support to Afghanistan National Defense Security Forces (ANSDF) for which the government has been assured of the continuous support of the United States and other global partners.
The Afghanistan National Advisor also said as the US and NATO forces withdrawal deadline has been specified now, the Taliban has no reason to continue their violence in Afghanistan anymore, its time for them to make real peace with the Afghan government and become part of the mainstream political society.
In response to the Taliban’s earlier statement about boycotting the Istanbul peace conference on Afghanistan or any other meeting until the last foreign soldier exit from Afghanistan, Hamdullah Mohib said that it will a Taliban’s another mistake.
This wouldn’t be the Taliban’s first mistake. Taliban had a great opportunity post US-Taliban agreement when the entire world was watching the Taliban see what they do. There were a lot of discussions around how the Taliban have changed and that they would be more considered and more tolerant of others and that they will take his as an opportunity to lead their group to a more tolerant Afghanistan. But, as the Taliban started a narrative of victory which was quite off-putting for everyone in the country, the international community’s enthusiasm was reduced by their arrogance and all the Afghans who looked forward to engaging with the Taliban soon found out that in fact there is no change in the Taliban. They have wasted the past few months and not have negotiated the settlement, they have lost their nationalistic credentials, Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan National Security Advisor said during the Raisina Dialogue on Friday.
Mohib also pointed out that since 2014, the Afghanistan National Defense Forces are conducting over 90% of military operations independently, without any external support.
This comes as the U.S President, Joe Biden made an announcement on Wednesday about their troop’s full withdrawal by the 11th of September 2021 and put an end to America’s longest war.
The U.S. cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results, Biden said.
According to Joe Biden, the remaining U.S troops’ withdrawal will start on May 1 and will end on September 11, on the day of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terroristic attacks on the United States.
Soon after the U.S announcement, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels said the alliance had agreed to withdraw its roughly remaining forces from Afghanistan, matching Biden’s decision to begin a final pullout by May 1.