Biden Meets Afghan Leaders, Promises U.S. Support Despite Troop Withdrawal

Biden Meets Afghan Leaders, Promises U.S. Support Despite Troop Withdrawal

U.S. President met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former political foe, Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss Washington's support for Afghanistan as the last U.S. troops pack up after 20 years of war and government forces struggle to repel Taliban advances.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Ghani said Afghan security forces had retaken six districts. He said he respected Biden's decision and that the United States and Afghanistan partnership is entering a new phase.

"We are determined to have unity, coherence," he said.

The Oval Office meeting could be as valuable to Ghani for its symbolism and any new U.S. help. It will be seen as affirming Biden's support for the beleaguered Afghan leader as he confronts Taliban gains, bombings and assassinations, a surge in COVID-19 cases, and political infighting in Kabul.

Biden's embrace, however, comes only months after U.S. officials were pressuring Ghani to step aside for a transitional government under a draft political accord that they floated in a failed gambit to break a stalemate in peace talks.

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