The United States does not rule out the option of a complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by May 1. Still, at the same time, Washington is considering not only such a development, according to a letter from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
“I must also make it clear to you, Mr. President that as our political process continues in Washington, the United States does not rule out any options. We are considering a full withdrawal of our forces by May 1, as well as other options,”Blinken wrote, his words were broadcast on the Afghan TV channel Tolo News.
The Pentagon previously noted that the United States would withdraw troops from Afghanistan by May 1 if the Taliban fulfills the previously signed agreement.
In late February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the United States and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the Islamic Republic in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue after the exchange of prisoners.
Stoltenberg said that the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, which should be implemented by May 1, has not yet been made. Now there are less than 10 thousand NATO troops in the country.