Secretary of State Antony Blinken Visits Afghanistan
One day after President Biden’s announcement to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting the country. His flight touched down in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul this morning less than 24 hours after the U.S. and the NATO coalition formally announced they would withdraw their troops from the country after two decades. Blinken attempted to underscore the importance that although military presence on the ground was coming to an end, the United States’ commitment to the people and the country would remain.
On Wednesday, Biden announced he would begin to withdraw troops by May 1st and gave the deadline of September 11th to get all of them out of the country. The May 1st deadline was part of a deal signed by former President Trump and the Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he respected the United States decision and that the country was ‘adjusting their priorities.’ Blinken also met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation and members of the Afghan Civil Society. He also addressed troops at the U.S. Embassy and thanked them for their service.