US President Joe Biden and Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani agreed that the offensive of the Taliban militants (banned in Russia) contradicts the movement’s declared support for a political settlement in the country. This was announced on Saturday, July 24 by the White House on the official website…
“President Biden and President Ghani have agreed that the current Taliban offensive is in direct conflict with the movement’s statement of support for a negotiated settlement,” the White House administration said in a statement following the talks.
Both leaders expressed regret over the deaths of Afghans, the looting and burning of buildings, and the destruction of infrastructure that the Taliban had inflicted.
On July 23, Biden authorized the allocation of up to $ 100 million for the evacuation of the citizens of this country from Afghanistan, who provided various assistance to the American troops. The presidential memorandum deals with expenditures from the state fund for providing emergency assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons.
On the same day, the United States, EU member states and NATO called on the Taliban to end the armed offensive in Afghanistan, as well as to allow the provision of humanitarian assistance to areas of Afghanistan under their control. The Taliban have been asked to ensure the safety of diplomats, journalists, international organizations and airports in the Islamic republic.
On April 30, Russia, Pakistan, the United States and China held consultations on an Afghan settlement. Following the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a joint statement of the parties, which spoke about the final withdrawal of the American military by September 11, 2021 and the expectation of the Taliban movement to fulfill its counter-terrorism obligations.
The US military has been in Afghanistan since 2001, they were brought into the country under George W. Bush. The withdrawal of troops began in early May; it is planned to complete it by the end of August.