China also expressed concern that the US should take into account legitimate security concerns of the countries of the region to prevent terrorist forces in Afghanistan from taking advantage of the disorder.
US Secretary of State Blinken called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. AP / PTI
Blinken in Afghanistan: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday amid the decision to withdraw his troops from Afghanistan. The US is believed to have come to apprise Afghanistan of President Joe Biden’s decision to end the longest war and withdraw all troops.
Blinken is meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other officials. The day before, Biden announced that the remaining 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan would return on September 11 by the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. NATO has also said that about 7,000 of its non-US troops will return to Afghanistan within a few months. With this, the presence of foreign army in Afghanistan will end. Blinken arrived in Brussels to Kabul. In Brussels, they discussed this with NATO officials. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced that the coalition would also pull out of Afghanistan.
China expressed concern over the decision to call back the troops
China on Thursday expressed concern over the US decision to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by September. China said that the US should take into account legitimate security concerns of the countries of the region to prevent terrorist forces in Afghanistan from taking advantage of the chaos. Beijing also criticized Washington for linking the move to remove US troops from Afghanistan with threats posed by China, saying the fight against terrorism was in the common interest of both sides, including the two countries.
The situation in Afghanistan is still complicated
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, in a press conference here, while answering questions related to Washington’s plan to call back US troops, said, “The current situation in Afghanistan is still complex and fragile and the problem of terrorism is far from resolved.” . ‘ “Foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan should be recalled in a responsible and systematic manner so that local forces in Afghanistan can be easily transferred to security and prevent terrorist forces from taking advantage of the chaos,” he said.
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