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Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Blinken Meets With EU Leaders to Discuss an End to the War in Afghanistan” – below is their description.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance has agreed to withdraw its roughly 7,000 forces from Afghanistan to match U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to pull all American troops from the country starting on May 1.
Stoltenberg said the full withdrawal would be completed “within a few months” but did not mention the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks set as a goal by Biden.
“We will start the withdrawal of NATO Resolute Support forces by May 1,” Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
“We plan to complete the withdrawal of all our troops within a few months.”
“We went into Afghanistan together, we have adjusted our posture together and we are united in leaving together,” he said.
He added that any attacks on withdrawing NATO forces would draw a firm and forceful response from the alliance.
Stoltenberg revealed the decision shortly after Biden formally announced his plans and after meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Blinken and Austin spent the day in talks with senior officials from the alliance’s 30 members to discuss NATO’s future presence in Afghanistan.
In a joint news conference with Stoltenberg, Blinken and Austin both repeated the mantra that the alliance went into Afghanistan together and would leave together.
But all three maintained that neither the U.S. nor NATO would abandon the country despite the impending pullout.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
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Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
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The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. Its members have a combined area of 4,233,255.3 km² and an estimated total population of about 447 million.