Biden to meet Afghan leaders in White House.

Written by on June 25, 2021

Afghan leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah will meet United States President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday 25th June 2021, for a high-stake discussion likely to shape Afghanistan’s future as the US withdraws forces nearly 20 years after invading.

Reports say President Biden is expected to offer assurances of US backing for the Afghan government in Kabul and is likely to press Ghani and Abdullah to unify their rival political factions in the face of rising Taliban assaults.

Ghani and Abdullah, meanwhile, are expected to appeal to Biden for specific and concrete pledges of financial and diplomatic support, including continued technical assistance for embattled Afghan military forces.

Fighting between Afghan government forces and the armed group has accelerated as the Taliban intensified its military campaign.

Since May, fighters have taken over areas surrounding provincial capitals, giving the Taliban control of broad swaths of territory, a top UN official warned the Security Council on June 22.

Members of the US Congress are pushing the Biden administration to accelerate visa approvals for Afghans who helped US forces leave the country and there have been talks of evacuating large numbers of Afghans to the US Island of Guam.

Credit: Aljazeera

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