Published On: Sat, Jun 26th, 2021

Biden Calls on Afghans to ‘Decide Their Future’ as Withdrawal Nears End

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WASHINGTON—U.S. President Joe Biden met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former political foe, Abdullah Abdullah, on Friday at the White House where he called on Afghans to decide the future of their country as the last U.S. troops pack up after 20 years of war and government forces struggle to repel Taliban advances. Biden, seated beside Ghani and Abdullah in the Oval Office, called them “two old friends” and said U.S. support for Afghanistan was not ending but would be sustained despite the U.S. pullout. “Afghans are going to have to decide their future, what they want,” said Biden, saying the “senseless violence has to stop.” Ghani said Afghan security forces had retaken six districts on Friday. He said he respected Biden’s decision and that the partnership between the United States and Afghanistan is entering a new phase. “We are determined to have unity, coherence,” he said. Speaking with …

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