Stoltenberg welcomed the Biden administration's determination to strengthen the alliance, terming Blinken's first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation visit a "unique opportunity to start a new chapter in the transatlantic relationship".
In Kabul, Afghan officials say they will continue peace talks in preparation for the withdrawal. The White House released the excerpts before the afternoon address when he intends to detail his timeline for a USA troop withdrawal.
Others, like Chuck Schumer, have said, they want to be briefed on eit, their going to wait and have some more details, but some, like Senator Tim Kaine have basically said, 'we support this plan because it's time, it's been long enough and it's time for the U.S.to leave.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday announced that Biden will deliver a speech from the White House on Wednesday about the way forward in Afghanistan, where the USA has been engaged since 2001 - its longest-running war ever.
There are 2,500 U.S troops stationed in Afghanistan, the statistical figure of the residing troops is not exact, but there are additional 7,000 Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in the country.
According to a United Nations report as many as 573 Afghan civilians were killed and 1,210 maimed.
But the exit of all US forces before September 11th will fundamentally shift the power dynamics at the negotiating table. "Now I'm not sure why the White House has selected that date, but I can tell you that that is a huge victory, huge propaganda victory, for the Taliban, for Al Qaeda". The Kentucky senator called it a "grave mistake" and "a retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished". "Foreign terrorists will not leave the United States alone simply because our politicians have grown exhausted of taking the fight to them". "The key here is we're relying on the advice of our commanders to do it the right way, and it's not based on an arbitrary timeline", Crow said. That likely included some arm-twisting, as President Ghani has rejected Blinken's plan for an interim government, saying he is Afghanistan's democratically elected leader, not the Taliban.
Britain opens investigation into lobbying and role of former PM David Cameron
Gordon Brown, U.K. prime minister from 2007 to 2010, on Monday called for a five-year ban on lobbying by former ministers. Separately, it was understood that Cameron's message to the prime minister's adviser was forwarded on to the Treasury.
The United States will continue to support the Afghan government against the Taliban, Biden will say, and "our diplomatic and humanitarian work will continue". Some have cheered the plan, with progressives like Sen.
"Foreign terrorists will not leave the USA alone because our politicians have grown exhausted of taking the fight to them", McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Others have been far more critical. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in a tweet.
According to the top U.S. diplomat, troops can only be removed once it is ensured that "Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists who could threaten the United States or our allies".
The disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the USA intelligence community released a gloomy outlook for Afghanistan, forecasting "low" chances of a peace deal this year and warning that its government would struggle to hold the Taliban insurgency at bay if the US -led coalition withdraws support.
The Pentagon said there are roughly 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan, but USA media recently said the number did not include 1,000 more US special forces in the country.
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