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Continued Kabul-Washington cooperation key to tackle terror

President Joe Biden, right, answers a reporter's question during a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his accompanying delegation, including first Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah left Kabul for Washington on last Wednesday and held talks with key US officials on bilateral cooperation and joint fight against terrorism.
Since inauguration of the Biden Administration, this was the first visit of Afghan president and his delegation to the US. On Friday, President Biden welcomed Afghanistan President and HCNR Chairman to the White House and discussed enduring United States support, including through security assistance to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, development and humanitarian assistance to support the Afghan people, and diplomatic engagement in support of peace.
“Our strong support and partnership is designed to prevent Afghanistan from ever again being used as a safe haven for terrorism; maintain Afghan stability and build self-reliance; promote economic growth; preserve social gains in education, health and women’s empowerment and the rule of law; protect the rights of women, girls, and minorities; bolster Afghan civil society; and respond to humanitarian needs,” a statement from the White House said after meeting of the two countries leaders.
Indeed, Doha agreement between US-Taliban not only didn’t help restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan, but further encouraged, emboldened and motivated Taliban to continue war and intensify violence. After signing of Doha accord, the scope of insecurities expanded, and bloodshed campaign began to take lives of the innocent Afghan masses.
Taliban acted totally against their commitment in Doha pact and increased their violence and bloodshed campaign across the country. Although international community and the group itself time and again asserted that Afghanistan’s issues could not be solved via war, but contrary to their speeches, increased the violence and attacking many areas across the country.
Considering their acts of violence, Taliban must be under heavy pressures to give up war and violence and enter constructive talks with the Afghan government. Continuation of US current policy before Taliban and on Afghan peace process would not bring tangible result, unless the country limit Taliban’s financial resources and press Pakistan to stop supporting the group.
In the last two decades, the US has made huge investments on system building, governance, rebuilding and improving of ANDSF, supporting democracy and human right values, particularly women rights. Current system and its achievements are no doubt the outcome of joint efforts of the Afghan people and their international partners, and these achievements must be protected and improved following the withdrawal of foreign troops.
Therefore, continued Afghan-US cooperation is a must to prevent setbacks and improve gains in areas of security, human rights and economic projects. No doubt Afghanistan will need universal support and help for a long time. At present an important part of the Afghan government budget is funded through international contribution, while the US plays vital role in this regard.
No doubt, the Afghan delegation’s visit to US had enormous outcomes for both countries. Afghanistan pledged to continue war on terror on behalf of the international community and US promised to support such stance so that to make sure that the country would not turn to be a safe haven for terrorists.
Meanwhile it’s of immense important for the US and its allies to continue such supports and not let alone Afghanistan in such a situation where Taliban and the international terrorists have created strong partnership once again threatening the security of Afghanistan, region and the whole world.

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