US President Joe Biden will address the nation on Tuesday to justify his decision not to extend the presence of his country’s troops in Afghanistan beyond August 31. The president explained in a statement that this was the “unanimous” recommendation of the leaders of the Defense General Staff and “all” the commanders on the ground.
Biden added that, in the view of the military leaders, the best way to protect soldiers and evacuations of civilians was to end the military mission. The US put an end to the longest war in its history on Monday, after almost twenty years of conflict in Afghanistan. The last American soldiers left the country at 3:29 p.m. EDT (19:29 GMT).
Biden noted in the note that the last 17 days has seen “the largest US air evacuation”, which has removed some 120,000 people from Afghanistan, including US citizens, Afghans and other countries. The president added that he has asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to lead the coordination with international allies to guarantee the “safe” departure of any American, Afghan collaborators and foreign nationals who want to leave Afghanistan.
He stated that this will include working on the UN Security Council resolution, approved Monday, which focuses on the safe departure of Afghans from the country, humanitarian aid and the rejection of terrorism. The resolution counted on the abstention of China and Russia; and was criticized for its weak condemnation of human rights violations. For Biden, that text “sends a clear message about what the international community expects from the Taliban” from now on, such as allowing freedom to travel.
“The Taliban have made commitments on safe passage and the world will keep their commitments,” Biden said. “It will include continued diplomacy in Afghanistan and coordination with partners in the region to reopen the airport and allow those who want to leave. leave”.
On the other hand, Biden, who is Catholic, urged all Americans to join him in a prayer of appreciation for the troops and diplomats who have carried out the evacuation mission, and for the volunteers and veterans who have helped to identify people who needed to be removed from Afghanistan. The president also asked for a prayer to welcome the Afghan collaborators of the US forces in the Central Asian country who have reached the US and other parts of the world.