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Biden: Afghans must now decide their own futureWHITE HOUSE- "Afghans have to decide their future," U.S. President Joe Biden said in his first face-to


The two leaders met in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday (June 25). Meanwhile, the U.S. military is continuing to withdraw its troops from the Central and South Asian nation of Afghanistan.

Biden insists that Washington's support for Afghanistan will not end. He said the United States will continue to support Afghan forces from abroad and continue to provide economic and political support.

"We will continue to be with you," Biden said.

Ghani, who is sitting next to Biden, said Afghanistan is grateful for the blood and wealth the United States has shed to defend the country over the past 20 years. Afghanistan is currently facing a direct confrontation with the Taliban.

Ghani compares his current situation to that faced by U.S. President Lincoln in 1861. The war between the northern states of the United States and the rebellious southern states was just beginning.

“It is a choice of values, between the values of an exclusive system and the values of an inclusive system. We are determined to maintain unity, coherence and national sacrifice, and we will spare no effort to do so,” the Afghan president said. He also said his government forces had "recaptured six areas in the south and north" from the Taliban on Friday.

Ghani added, "We will overcome all odds."

But these can be very big difficulties.

Earlier in the day, the Afghan president was meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Austin at the Pentagon when he was asked by a reporter about a reported U.S. intelligence analysis. The report concluded that Ghani's Afghan government could fall within six months of the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Ghani smiled back.

"There have been many predictions of this type, but they have all turned out to be wrong," Ghani replied.

"We will continue our partnership with the Afghan government and the Afghan military. We will continue to work towards our shared goals in a new and different way," Austin said.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said after a meeting with Ghani and Afghan Coalition Chief Executive Abdullah on Thursday that Biden's decision to withdraw "leaves our Afghan partners alone with even him Teng)'s own senior advisers admit to being a serious and deteriorating threat. Emboldened by our decision to withdraw troops, the Taliban are on their way to taking Kabul, and they are repulsing the progress Afghanistan has made over the years, especially Afghan women. rights."

VOA asked the White House on Friday to respond to McConnell's concerns, and White House press secretary Saqi said that Biden "has made a decision to bring U.S. troops home after 20 years of fighting this war. Consistent with his view that this is an unwinnable war."

Former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton called Ghani's visit to the White House "absolutely critical to Afghanistan's future," calling it possibly his last chance to "try to convince President Biden, even without changing his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops," At least provide more time to send some other signals that the United States will continue to provide support to convince the Afghan people that we have not given up on this country."

"We need to find other ways to show that the U.S. is not completely withdrawing, which is not what happened in Vietnam," Bolton, a former national security adviser in former President Trump's administration, told VOA Afghan. "

The hasty withdrawal of American troops from South Vietnam in 1975 was followed by a peace agreement that effectively handed South Vietnam over to the communists in Hanoi.

Biden has already said that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan will end by September 11 of this year. September 11 this year marks the 20th anniversary of al Qaeda's coordinated suicide attack on the United States. Al Qaeda's base was in Afghanistan at the time, under the protection of the then-ruling Taliban.

The withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces, which officially began on May 1, has led to an unprecedented escalation of fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents, delivering a fresh blow to slow-moving peace talks between the two Afghan rivals.

Taliban insurgents have seized dozens of new areas in recent weeks, and both sides are said to have suffered heavy casualties, as Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of the prolonged war.

This has led to a sense of urgency that the United States must help the Afghans who have worked for the U.S. military for the past two decades—interpreters, translators, drivers, and other supporting civilians .

White House spokeswoman Shaqi told reporters on Friday that those who have applied for special immigrant visas "will be moved to a location outside Afghanistan to complete the visa application process until we complete the withdrawal in September."

About 650 U.S. soldiers may remain in Afghanistan as security personnel for diplomats, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The officials also told The Associated Press that hundreds of additional U.S. troops will remain at the Kabul airport, possibly until September. The officials told The Associated Press that the role of the troops would be to aid the Turkish troops that provide security there. Officials said it would be a temporary move until a more formal security operation led by Turkey is in place, according to the Associated Press.

The Afghan government and the Taliban have been holding peace talks in Doha, Qatar, since last September, with the host government and other countries playing a role in facilitating the talks. But the negotiation process has made no significant progress, with negotiating teams on each side accusing the other of being responsible for the deadlock.

(VOA's Pentagon correspondent Barbu and Islamabad correspondent Gul also contributed to this article, which also draws on the Associated Press report.)