Jan 11, 2011
US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States will not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan completely in 2014 if Afghans did not want his country to do so.
About 97,000 American troops in Afghanistan are expected to start limited withdrawals in July ahead of the scheduled transfer of responsibility for security to Afghan forces in 2014.
But Biden, on the second day of his visit to war-torn Afghanistan, said: “We’re not leaving if you (Afghans) don’t want us to leave.”
Speaking after talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, he added: “It’s not our intention to govern or to nation-build — as President Karzai often points out, this is the responsibility of the Afghan people…
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 11:26 am