Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the United States, which came to his country to fight terrorism and bring stability, is now leaving it after two decades and has failed in both tasks, at a time when the gradual withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan continues since last May, to be completed in September next September.
Karzai added in an interview with the American “Associated Press” that the American forces are about to leave Afghanistan, leaving behind a “disaster,” explaining that “extremism has reached its highest levels at the present time, and therefore the international community has failed to combat this extremism and achieve stability.” .
The former Afghan president said that the Afghans admit their failures, adding, “But what about the role of the major powers in Afghanistan? And what is the situation they leave in it?”, to respond by saying, “a real shame and a disaster.”
Karzai – who held the presidency of Afghanistan for 13 years during which his relationship with America was a controversial one – believes that it is better for his country to leave foreign forces, stressing that Afghans are united on the desire for peace, and the need to rely on themselves to build their future, adding that Afghans ” They don’t want to live in this misery and humiliation, and it is better for the country if the foreign forces leave.”
The Associated Press indicates that Karzai’s rule, which followed the fall of the Taliban movement in 2001 at the hands of the international coalition forces led by Washington, was characterized by the return of the role of women in society, the enrollment of girls in school again, and the emergence of a young civil society, with the construction of new skyscrapers in the capital Kabul, and the construction of roads and infrastructure, but his rule was also characterized by files of rampant corruption, and the flourishing of drug trade, and in the last years of his rule many tensions arose between him and the American administration.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls on the Taliban and government forces to stop fighting because it is destructive, and to think about the lives and property of the Afghan people.
The former Afghan president stresses that the responsibility rests with the Afghans to end decades of war, calling on the government authorities and the Taliban movement to stop the fighting, and said, “I am clear on this issue. Both parties should think about the lives and property of the Afghan people. The fighting is destruction.”
Message to Pakistan
Karzai also called on the civilian and military leadership in Pakistan to build a “civilized relationship” with his country, and said, “If Pakistan moves away from the approach of employing extremism against Afghanistan, the relationship between us will grow in a beautiful way and become mutually fruitful.”
It should be noted that while the rate of withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan has exceeded 50% so far, the peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government are known to stumble, while the battles are intensifying between the two parties. The country, before government forces were able to restore some of them in the past days