McAleese & Associates produced a report on President Joe Biden’s announcement of a troop withdrawal process in Afghanistan that is scheduled to commence on May 1 and conclude on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Jim McAleese, founder of McAleese & Associates and three-time Wash100 winner, reported the U.S. will continue to support peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban amid full drawdown efforts.
“While we will not stay involved in Afghanistan militarily, our diplomatic and humanitarian work will continue. We’ll continue to support the government of Afghanistan. We will keep providing assistance to the Afghan National Defenses and Security Forces,” Biden said.
Separately, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last week in Brussels to discuss the drawdown plan.
“NATO Allies and partners will continue to stand with the Afghan people, but it’s now for the Afghan people to build a sustainable peace that puts an end to violence, safeguards the human rights of all Afghans – particularly women, children, and minorities – upholds the rule of law, and ensures that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for terrorists,” Stoltenberg said at the meeting.
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