Biden to announce complete withdrawal of Nato forces from Afghanistan

Lahore, 14th April: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) troops in Afghanistan will leave the country by September 11.

According to reports, a coalition of Nato-led troops in Afghanistan will leave the country in coordination with a US withdrawal by September 11.

The initial announcement was made by Washington’s top diplomat on Wednesday, declaring the end of two decades of fighting.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Brussels it was time that Nato forces who came together in Afghanistan should leave together.

At Nato headquarters, Blinken said in a statement, “I am here to work closely with our allies, with the (Nato) secretary-general, on the principle that we have established from the start: In together, adapt together and out together.”

Standing alongside Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Blinken also said that they will work together in the months ahead on a deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan.

A senior diplomat from Nato told Reuters that the US President Joe Biden is to make a formal announcement later on Wednesday, April 14 for a complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by September 11.

He also reported that no ally is expected to oppose Biden’s decision.

As per reports, almost 7,000 non-US forces which are mainly from Nato countries, and also from Australia, New Zealand and Georgia, surmount the 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan but still depend on US air support, planning and leadership for their training mission.

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