US President Biden announced on Wednesday that the US military will begin to withdraw from Afghanistan on May 1. This procedure will be completed on September 11 this year, marking the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.
He said: “Our troops, as well as those of NATO allies and operational partners, will leave Afghanistan on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the terrible 9/11 attacks.”
Biden also pointed out that he is the fourth US president of the US military in Afghanistan, and he will not transfer this responsibility to the fifth.
He said: “It’s time to end the longest American war. It’s time for the U.S. military to return home.”
Biden said: “The United States has achieved its goal of no longer attacking US bases for Afghanistan.”
The President of the United States said: “I think our presence in Afghanistan must focus on the reason we went there in the first place: to ensure that Afghanistan is not used as a base to re-attack our country. We did it. We achieved this goal.”
Joe Biden asked the Taliban to commit to counter-terrorism, while Pakistan needs to do more to help Afghanistan.
He said: “We hold the Taliban accountable…no terrorists are allowed to threaten the United States or allies from the territory of Afghanistan.”
The White House said that Biden had previously talked with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and both sides expressed their determination to establish a strong bilateral partnership after the withdrawal of US troops.