Kabul: The full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by May 1 will be difficult due to logistical reasons, said Jennifer Rene Psaki, the White House press secretary in a briefing on Monday. Psaki in the press conference at the White House said that the US President Joe Biden had also spoken about the problems and expectations regarding the troop pullout from Afghanistan. "As the President

6 April 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that American forces will only withdraw from Afghanistan in co-ordination with their Nato allies, who they have fought alongside there for nearly two decades. “We’ve been very clear, and Nato has been very clear, that the approach that we’re taking to this is we went in together, we’ve adapted to circumstances together and we will come out together

29 March 2021

The Pentagon said on Monday that it has not decided whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, as Washington considers a potential end to America’s longest war. “Everybody here is mindful of looming deadlines,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. “And I cannot today sketch out for you what specific planning is going on when there hasn’t been a

9 March 2021

The Biden administration’s top envoy to Afghanistan proposed forming a conference of Afghan and Taliban leaders to hammer out an interim government in a sign that the White House would like peace talks to move faster. The idea was proposed this week by Zalmay Khalilzad, the government’s top peace negotiator for Afghanistan, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new format would likely push aside a

6 March 2021

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani today met with the US Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to discuss the intra-Afghan talks. The Presidential Palace in a statement on Monday said that both sides discussed the next steps in the peace process and emphasized the need to accelerate the process. According to the statement, Khalilzad called for a regional and international consensus on national and international diplomacy

1 March 2021

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday in a meeting with Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, asked them to expedite discussions over peace talks as America prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Pompeo stressed on a “significant reduction” of US troops and a political roadmap focusing on comprehensive ceasefire. In a separate meeting with the Afghan government and Taliban, the US

22 November 2020

President Ashraf Ghani has said that ties between Kabul and Washington are expected to deepen in areas of counter-terrorism and building peace as he congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory. "Afghanistan looks forward to continuing/deepening our multilayered strategic partnership w/ the United States -- our foundational partner -- including in counterterrorism & bringing peace to Afghanistan," Ghani wrote on Twitter. Afghan government believes the

8 November 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad once again urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to call for a ceasefire and asked them to unite against their “common enemy” after the Islamic State (Daesh)-claimed attack on Kabul University left at least 22 people dead. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Khalilzad offered his condolences to the victims of the attack and

3 November 2020

National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib warned of the possibility of a civil war breaking out in Afghanistan after the U.S. troops withdraw. In an interview with the BBC News published on Tuesday, Mohib said the Afghan government is preparing for both peace and war and is making every effort to reduce the real threat of civil war in the country after the American

20 October 2020

After Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s public scepticism about the White House’s announcement, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien doubled down on his assertion that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will shrink to 2,500 early next year. “I think what the president was doing is, he was expressing the same desire I think every president since the Revolutionary War has said,”

17 October 2020