US TO COORDINATE AFGHAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL WITH NATO: BLINKEN


15/04/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that after the United States, NATO allies would withdraw their troops from Afghanistan by 9/11.

Blinken spoke to the press before meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters.

Blinken recalled that the United States and some of its allies travelled to Afghanistan 20 years ago after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, underlining their desire to prevent this country from becoming a home for terrorists.

"We achieved our goals in Afghanistan," Blinken said. "Now it's time to bring our troops home. We will work very closely in the coming weeks and months (with NATO allies) on the safe, careful, and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan," he said.

Blinken said in a statement that U.S. President Joe Biden would make a statement about the withdrawal a few hours later and that NATO allies would decide to do so, adding that they had set out the principle of entering and leaving Afghanistan together in the first place.


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