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Withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan best decision for US: Biden

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(Lalit K Jha) Washington, Sep 1 (PTI) US President Joe Biden has said that withdrawing troops from Afghanistan to end the 20-year war is the “best and right” decision for the US. Biden said there was no reason to wage a war that was not in the “important national interest” of the American people. “I promise you that with all my heart I believe that this is the right, prudent and best decision for America,” he said in an address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday.

(Lalit K Jha)

Washington, Sep 1 (PTI) US President Joe Biden has said that withdrawing troops from Afghanistan to end the 20-year war is the “best and right” decision for the US.

Biden said there was no reason to wage a war that was not in the “important national interest” of the American people. “I promise you that with all my heart I believe that this is the right, prudent and best decision for America,” he said in an address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday.

He said, “We as a nation have been at war for a very long time. If you are 20 today you never know that America is a peace loving country. So when I heard that we should continue with our modest efforts putting our personnel at risk in Afghanistan, I don’t think most people would understand how much we asked for the one percent of the uniformed people of this country who are in our country. They are ready to put their lives on the line to protect it.

He told the countrymen that the war in Afghanistan was over. He said that he is the fourth President before whom the issue of when and how to end this war came.

He said, “When I was running for the presidency, I promised the American people that I would end this war, and today I fulfilled that promise. 20 years after the war in Afghanistan, I refuse to send another generation of American sons and daughters to fight a war that should have already ended.

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The US President said, “If you take the number of one trillion dollars as many people are saying, it means America spent 150 million dollars a day for two decades. I refused to continue a war that did not serve the vital national interest of our people.

Biden said the world was changing and America was facing new challenges. “We have serious competition with China. We are dealing with challenges with Russia on many fronts. We faced the challenges of cyber attacks and nuclear proliferation.

“We must enhance America’s competitiveness to meet these new challenges in the competition for the 21st century,” he said. We find our mistakes when we turn the pages of the foreign policy that has guided our country in the last two decades.

He said that the threat of terrorism is in the whole world apart from Afghanistan. “We face threats from al-Shabaab in Somalia, al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria and the Arabian Peninsula, and ISIS trying to take hold in Syria and Iraq and affiliated organizations in Africa and Asia,” he said. is being installed.

Biden said, “In my opinion the fundamental duty of a president is to defend and protect America not only against the threats of 2001, but also against the threats of 2021 and tomorrow.” This is the guiding principle behind my decisions in Afghanistan.

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