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US President Joe Biden speaks on Taliban, says 'don't trust anybody'

During his message to the country from the White House, Biden stated that if the Taliban is to attempt to care for the people of Afghanistan, they would require more significant support in terms of economic assistance, commerce, and a variety of other things.

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Washington D.C., First Published Aug 23, 2021, 10:09 AM IST
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When asked whether he believes the Taliban, US President Joe Biden responded, "I don't trust anybody." The Taliban is seeking legitimacy and has made pledges, but Washington will see whether "they mean or not." During his message to the country from the White House, Biden stated that if the Taliban is to attempt to care for the people of Afghanistan, they would require more significant support in terms of economic assistance, commerce, and a variety of other things.

He further said that the Taliban is seeking legitimacy to determine whether or not other countries would recognise them. They have told other countries and us that they do not want us to move our diplomatic presence completely. All this talk now, so far Taliban has not taken actions against US forces, he added. His words come as countries continue to evacuate their nationals from Afghanistan via Kabul airport, which US soldiers control.

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The evacuations are being carried out since the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated following the Taliban's takeover and the fall of Ashraf Ghani's administration.
Since August 14, the US military has removed roughly 25,100 people from Afghanistan and approximately 30,000 since July. Biden stated that he is in talks with military leaders about extending the evacuation mission in Afghanistan beyond the August 31 deadline.

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Biden stated that the United States had extended the safe zone surrounding Kabul International Airport. Earlier, Biden referred to the withdrawal from Afghanistan as the "most difficult and biggest airlift in history." He had promised to evacuate all Americans and allies from the war-torn country. "The evacuation of Kabul is one of the largest and most challenging airlifts in history," Biden stated.

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