Army chief welcomes US announcement to withdraw forces from Afghanistan
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has welcomed President Joe Biden’s announcement of withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan by September 2021.
He said this while talking to the US Charged’ Affairs Angela Ageler who called on him in Rawalpindi.
The army chief reiterated that a prosperous, stable and peaceful Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan in particular and region in general.
He also hoped for greater Pak-US bilateral cooperation in all domains in future.
The US Charged’ Affairs appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region, especially the Afghan Peace Process and also assured of US continued assistance for the common cause of peace in Afghanistan.
The United States has announced to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year.
President Joe Biden said the withdrawal will start from May 1.
He said, “We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions as American troops should not be used as bargaining chips between warring parties in other countries”.