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Joe Biden to address nation on Tuesday over US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Biden's remarks are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., according to the White House (1730 GMT).

 

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Washington D.C., First Published Aug 31, 2021, 11:33 AM IST
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President Joe Biden has announced that he will address the country on the ultimate US withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of fighting against the Taliban on Tuesday.
"Tomorrow afternoon, I will address the American people on my decision not to prolong our commitment in Afghanistan beyond August 31," he said in a statement issued shortly after the Pentagon confirmed that the last US military jet had departed Kabul. Biden's remarks are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., according to the White House (1730 GMT).

In his remarks, Biden commended the military for evacuating the last US soldiers, diplomats, and almost all Americans, as well as tens of thousands of Afghan allies who worked for or fought with international forces in the war.

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Biden claimed that the military carried out the largest airlift in US history in the previous 17 days, rescuing over 120,000 US citizens, nationals of their allies, and Afghan partners.
The US president went on to say that the international community expects the Taliban to provide significant freedom of movement in the future. The Taliban has made promises about safe passage, and the world will hold them to them.
The aim, according to the US president, was to restore the airport, "allowing for continuing departure for those who choose to leave and delivery of humanitarian supplies to the people of Afghanistan."

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According to US authorities, an unspecified number of Americans, many of whom are dual nationals who did not request to leave and many Afghans who wanted to leave but were unable to board US planes, remain in Afghanistan.
Biden reiterated the US and foreign authorities' assurances that the Taliban had agreed to enable such groups to continue departing now that they have total control of Kabul, including its airport.

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