US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a joint press conference with NATO said that “it is time to bring our forces home.

Blinking said that we have achieved our goals in the country. This announcement comes amid a high level of violence in Afghanistan.

“This is an important moment for our alliance. Almost 20 years ago, after the United States was attacked on 9/11, together, we went into Afghanistan to deal with those who attacked us, and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorists who might attack any of us,” Blinken said.

Secretary of State Blinken also hinted that President Joe Biden will soon speak about the troop’s withdrawal in a few hours.

“I’m here to work closely with our allies, with the secretary-general, on the principle that we’ve established from the start. In together, adapt together, and out together,” he added, “We will work very closely together, in the weeks and months ahead, on a safe, deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan,”.

Blinken also mentioned even as NATO and US troops leave, their “commitment to Afghanistan, to its future, will remain. And we’ll talk about that today as well”.

This comes as NATO foreign and defense ministers will discuss their plans, it is also reported that the US, Britain, France, and Germany will hold talks on Afghanistan.

U.S Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reportedly arrived in Brussels on Wednesday ahead of Biden’s announcement on troop’s withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11.

Meanwhile, Waheed Omar senior advisor of the president and Director-General to the Office of Public and Strategic Affairs tweeted, that Kabul admires Washington’s decisions in regards to troops withdrawal.

He said that US President Joe Biden and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will have detailed discussions based on the foreign troops pull out.

He added that over the past two years, the Afghan army has shown their best of abilities in conducting operations independently and that 98% of the security operations currently are being implemented by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Taliban on the other hand warned US and NATO forces must stick to the agreement and should withdraw by May 1st

A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid said, “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seeks withdrawal of all foreign forces” from Afghanistan on the specified date on the US-Taliban deal.

He warned that if the agreement has not adhered issues will be complex and compounded, and those for the breach of the deal will be held responsible and liable.

Mujahid tweeted, that if the agreement is breached and foreign troops failed to exit Afghanistan on May 1st, complex and compound issues will arise.


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