AA / Washington
US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the Taliban have been “in their most powerful military position” since 2001.
This is what emerges from a speech delivered to the American people to announce the end of the American withdrawal process from Afghanistan on August 31st.
We announce the end of the longest war in U.S. history. We succeeded in our mission in Afghanistan by eliminating al-Qaeda and killing its leader Osama Bin Laden, ” he said.
However, he stressed that the movement is now “in its most powerful position since 2001”.
“I do not trust the Taliban at all, and the means to fight terrorism now are not what they used to be,” he added.
In this same context, Biden stressed that the United States will no longer follow the policy adopted 20 years ago in Afghanistan.
“The United States will not abandon all those who supported their mission in Afghanistan, at a time when we have trained 300,000 Afghan soldiers trained to maintain the stability of their country,” he said.
As part of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American president called on Afghanistan’s neighbors to intervene in a positive way to ensure stability.
“We are coordinating closely with our partners to secure Kabul international airport,” he concluded.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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