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India, Pakistan among others with stake in stable future of Afghanistan: Joe Biden – Times of India


WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has stated India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and Turkey have a major stake in the stable future of Afghanistan and these regional stakeholders ought to do extra to carry peace in this battle-torn nation, from the place he’ll withdraw all American troops by September 11.
“We will ask other countries in the region to do more to support Afghanistan, especially Pakistan, as well as Russia, China, India, and Turkey. They all have a significant stake in the stable future of Afghanistan,” Biden stated in a nationally televised speech from the White House on Wednesday.
In lower than 100 days after taking up because the president of the US on January 20, Biden introduced to start to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
The US at the moment has slightly over 2,500 troops, which is much lower than the 100,000-plus throughout the Barack Obama administration.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters that there isn’t a navy resolution to the present state of affairs Afghanistan, reasonably a diplomatic resolution is required.
“Even as we are withdrawing our troops, we will continue to support diplomatic and humanitarian work. We will ask other countries to step up, whether that’s Pakistan, Russia, China, India, Turkey — countries in the region that certainly have a stake in stability. We will continue to provide significant humanitarian resources,” Psaki stated in response to a query.
“We will continue to be engaged. This is the president’s assessment about whether having troops on the ground, a military presence in the same way — in a version of the same way it has been over the last two decades — is in our national interest. And he has made the decision it is not,” she stated.
Biden stated the battle in Afghanistan was by no means meant to be a multi-generational enterprise. “We have been attacked. We went to battle with clear objectives. We achieved these aims. (Osama) Bin Laden is useless, and al Qaeda is degraded in Iraq, in Afghanistan. And it is time to finish the without end battle,” he asserted.
The Biden administration on Wednesday didn’t give particulars of its expectations from India on the latter’s function in Afghanistan after the entire withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
In the previous, successive US administrations have praised India’s function in peace and improvement in Afghanistan.
“India has been the largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction, but New Delhi has not shown an inclination to pursue a deeper defense relationship with Kabul,” stated a current report on Afghanistan by the impartial Congressional Research Service.
“Pakistan’s security establishment, fearful of strategic encirclement by India, apparently continues to view the Afghan Taliban as a relatively friendly and reliably anti-India element in Afghanistan. India’s diplomatic and commercial presence in Afghanistan and US rhetorical support for it exacerbates Pakistani fears of encirclement,” stated the CRS report.
The US and the Taliban signed a landmark deal in Doha on February 29, 2020 to carry lasting peace in battle-torn Afghanistan and permit US troops to return residence from America’s longest battle.
Under the US-Taliban pact signed in Doha, the US agreed to withdraw all its troopers from Afghanistan in 14 months.
Since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban after the September 11, 2001 assaults, America has spent greater than $1 trillion in preventing and rebuilding in Afghanistan.
About 2,400 US troopers have been killed, alongside with tens of hundreds of Afghan troops, Taliban insurgents and Afghan civilians.

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