World biden receives President Afghan to evoke American withdrawal

12:35  25 june  2021
12:35  25 june  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Biden reçoit le président afghan pour évoquer le retrait américain © provided by the US President Joe Biden receives Friday his counterpart Afghan Ashraf Ghani to evoke the future of Afghanistan at the moment when the withdrawal in progress of the American troops opens a period of immense uncertainty. Purpose of the White House: Working closely with the Kabul government to ensure that Afghanistan "never again returns a refuge for terrorist groups that represent a threat to the American territory".

But the questions are numerous and vertiginous: Do the Taliban seize Kabul after the departure of the last Western soldiers? How the security of Western diplomats - and the capital airport - will it be assured? What will become of the thousands of Afghans who have worked with American forces as interpreters? The two leaders must be in the afternoon in the oval desktop to evoke these thorny files. Notable: No press conference is planned at the end of the meeting.

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Joe Biden decided in April to remove the 2,500 American soldiers still present in Afghanistan.

He set as a deadline on 11 September, dates from the 20th anniversary of the attacks that led Washington to overthrow the Taliban regime that housed the Jihadists of Al Qaeda.

Washington hammers his will to continue to "support the Afghan people".

Thursday, the White House announced the sending of three million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to help the country cope with the Pandemic of Covid-19.

But many elected officials and experts fear that insurgents do not take control of the country and impose a fundamentalist regime close to the one they had set up between 1996 and 2001.

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survey, Ashraf Ghani appears more and more isolated. "He listens only only three or four people, including his chief of staff, his national security advisor and of course his wife", assures, under the guise of anonymity, a Western diplomat in Kabul, describing a man who " are wary of everyone ". "Ghani does not have a lot of legitimacy in his country" and has more than ever need "international recognition", summarizes Andrew Watkins, from the International Crisis Group.

The American withdrawal has hitherto been conducted drum, fueling speculation on its completion as early as July, well before the deadline of September 11th.

Evacuation to Guam?

The fate of some 18,000 Afghans who worked with US forces, who fear retaliation if the Taliban returned to power in Kabul, is subject to special attention to Washington.

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"We will not abandon those who helped us," said Joe Biden Thursday.

These Afghans hope to get an immigration visa to the United States, but the procedures are heavy and long.

The White House indicated that it was considering evacuating some of them before the complete withdrawal of the troops so that they are safe during the examination period of their visa application.

But many details remain to be addressed: neither the number of people concerned nor their destination has at this stage been specified.

The island of Guam, in the Pacific, is part of the assumptions mentioned in recent weeks by elected officials and human rights organizations.

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Government Negotiator in talks with the Taliban, arrived Thursday in Washington and met with members of the Congress.

The Chief of Republicans in Senate Mitch McConnell lamented, after this meeting, Joe Biden's decision, hoping that the withdrawal of American troops be delayed.

"The Taliban, Eschandis By our retirement, will come back over years of progress, especially for the rights of Afghan women," he deplored, dreading the "tragic" consequences of the possible fall of Kabul shortly after the departure of the last American soldiers.

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