The White House announced that President Joe Biden will receive on the 25th of this month Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee in Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, to highlight the permanent partnership between the United States and Afghanistan, in light of the continued US withdrawal.
The White House added – in a statement – that the United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people by providing diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian assistance.
The statement also indicated that Washington will continue to work closely with the Afghan government to ensure that the country does not once again become a safe haven for terrorist groups.
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For its part, The Washington Post reported that the volatility in Afghanistan could affect how US forces leave the country in the coming days.
The newspaper quoted two Defense Ministry officials as saying that discussions are taking place that would delay the expected withdrawal of the US military from Bagram Air Base, the largest air base in Afghanistan, by next month.
A US official stated that some members of the forces in Bagram had already been informed of the possibility of postponing their withdrawal, while the second official confirmed that discussions on postponing the withdrawal are still continuing, without describing the plan as final.
The newspaper quoted the director of public affairs for the US Central Command as saying that the Pentagon is firmly on the right track to safely withdraw all forces from Afghanistan by next September, as directed by the president.
Since Biden’s announcement, the pace of withdrawals has accelerated, with their implementation rate exceeding 50%.
However, there are still outstanding points, most notably the fate of about 18,000 Afghans who worked for the US forces. Some of those who worked as translators hope to obtain an immigrant visa to the United States; Fearing reprisals from the Taliban if the movement returns to power in Kabul
The Biden administration is not in favor of transferring them at present, and prefers to give them special visas, although the Pentagon announced weeks ago that it had begun preparations for a major evacuation.