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US chose calendar-based approach to withdrawal from Afghanistan: Former envoy

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US did not take into account the actual situation in Afghanistan, said former US envoy to Afghanistan (FILE)

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The United States chose a calendar-based approach in its decisions on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and did not take into account the actual situation in the country, former US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Sunday.

“Ultimately, it was decided to set the terms aside and follow through on a calendar basis,” he said in an interview with the CBS broadcaster.

As Sputnik reports, Khalilzad said the withdrawal did not work out, as he envisaged in his resignation letter, adding that the new US administration had options to make, despite inheriting the deal with the Taliban from the previous administration. There is space.

Despite remaining challenges and past failures, Khalilzad believes that the US counter-terrorism mission in the country was successful because “the terrorist threat from Afghanistan is not what it used to be” and that al-Qaeda has been “devastated”. .

At the same time, the former envoy admitted that the country did not become a democracy in 20 years of US military presence in Afghanistan.

“On the issue of building a democratic Afghanistan, I think it did not succeed. The conflict continues. Talib is the reality of Afghanistan. We have not defeated them,” he said, noting that the Taliban have a different point of view. . country, but expect more liberal views to prevail since the movement fragmented.

On 18 October, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Khalilzad had stepped down as a special Afghanistan envoy.

Khalilzad said he had decided to resign at a time when Washington was beginning a new phase of policy toward Kabul after its withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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