NATO allies decide to leave Afghanistan following US move: reports
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies agreed to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan following the United States’ decision.
According to the reports, the allies have decided to withdraw from Afghanistan by May 1 after the US announced it would pull troops out by September.
The talks held in between defense and foreign ministers,
“This drawdown will be orderly, coordinated, and deliberate,”
“We plan to have the withdrawal of all US and Resolute Support Mission forces completed within a few months.”
Jens Stoltenberg Secretary-General of NATO said in his statement that,
“The allies went into Afghanistan together, we have adjusted our posture together, and we are united in leaving together,”
“This is not an easy decision and it entails risks,”
“As I’ve said for many months, we face a dilemma. Because the alternative to leaving in an orderly fashion is to be prepared for a long-term, open-ended military commitment with potentially more NATO troops.”
Earlier, US President Joe Biden has decided to pull US troops from Afghanistan by 11th September 2011, almost after 20 years, told sources.
As per the sources, the withdrawal would be based on security and human rights guarantees.
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are likely to brief the decision to NATO allies in Brussels. The US President will also announce his decision publicly, the sources added.
Taliban Threatens US Over Delaying In Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan
The Taliban had threatened Washington in March 2021 with dire consequences if it does not abide by the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban issued the warning during a press conference in Moscow, according to the reports.
The administration of US President Joe Biden says it is reviewing an agreement reached with the Taliban with the administration of former US President Donald Trump.
Biden told ABC News in an interview that May 1 could be the deadline, but that it would not be long if the deadline was extended.
Sohail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban’s negotiating team, told reporters that “they have to go and the withdrawal of US troops beyond May 1 would be a violation of the agreement.”
“And we will not violate the agreement, which will result in a backlash,” he said.
Member Sohail Shaheen did not elaborate on what the response would be, but in compliance with the agreement he signed in February 2020, the Taliban did not attack US or NATO forces, not even the last few.
There has also been an increase in unannounced bombings and targeted killings over the months.
“We hope that this will not happen, they will give up and we will focus on a solution to the Afghan problem and a peaceful settlement so that a political roadmap can be reached and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire can be achieved,” the Taliban leader said.
He also confirmed that the Taliban stood by the demands of the Islamic government.
Sohail Shaheen did not elaborate on the structure of the Islamic government.
He also did not say whether the Taliban would accept the election but stressed that President Ashraf Ghani’s government did not live up to his definition of an Islamic government.
It should be noted that along with Russia, China, and Pakistan, the United States has also demanded an immediate ceasefire from the warring parties in Afghanistan.
In addition, a Taliban delegation is meeting in Moscow with the Afghan government to discuss future plans for ending the war in Afghanistan.
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