«Time To Bring Our Forces Home» From Afghanistan: US Secretary Of State.

'Time To Bring Our Forces Home' From Afghanistan: US Secretary Of State

"This is an important moment, for our alliance," Blinken said. (File)

Brussels:

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the moment has come to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and that Washington would work with NATO allies on a "coordinated" pull-out.

"Together, we have achieved the goals that we set out to achieve and now it is time to bring our forces home," Blinken said in Brussels ahead of talks with NATO partners.

US President Joe Biden is to announce formally later Wednesday that Washington will withdraw its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by September 11 -- 20 years after the attacks in the America that sparked its longest war.

NATO partners meeting in Brussels, some physically but most virtually, look set to agree to wrap up the alliance's 9,600-strong mission in Afghanistan at the same time as the group's major military power leaves.

"This is an important moment, for our alliance," Blinken said.

"Together, we went into Afghanistan, to deal with those who attacked us and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorists who might attack any of us."

Blinken said the allies "will work very closely together in the weeks and months ahead on a safe, deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan."

He insisted that, despite the pull-out, "our commitment to Afghanistan, to its future, will remain".

The draw down delays only by around five months an agreement with the Taliban by former US president Donald Trump to withdraw troops, amid a growing consensus in Washington that little more can be achieved.

The decision came as Turkey announced an international peace conference on Afghanistan in hopes of reaching an agreement that brings stability to a nation battered by nearly 40 years of war.

But the Taliban, newly emboldened, said they would boycott the conference.

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

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news

Nepali Congress To Stake Claim To Form Government

Main Opposition party, the Nepali Congress, has decided to stake a claim for the prime minister's post and is engaged in hectic parleys with other parties to conclude a deal ahead of Thursday's...

NDTV News

UC--Berkeley journalists' on investigative reporting of violent extremist groups.

UC--Berkeley journalists' on investigative reporting of violent extremist groups.

An ongoing series by Frontline, ProPublica and the University of California--Berkeley graduate journalism program's investigative reporting program is examining the rise of far-right extremist groups. Graduate student reporters Kathryn Hurd and El...

Refugee group calls on U.S. to help Afghans leave country amid troop withdrawal

Refugee group calls on U.S. to help Afghans leave country amid troop withdrawal

A new wave of deadly violence is gripping Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw from the war-torn country. Amid the surge in attacks, the International Refugee Assistance Project is calling on the Biden administration to help vulnerable communities ...

Progressives rebrand moms as 'birthing people'

Progressives rebrand moms as 'birthing people'

Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy weighs in on progressives trying to get rid of gendered language. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: ​Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassin...

BREAKING: Nine people killed in Gaza hospital attack.

BREAKING: Nine people killed in Gaza hospital attack.

Nine people have been killed including three children, at a hospital in Gaza, according to health officials. It comes after hundreds of people were injured after clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTub...

Morning News NOW Full Broadcast - May 10 - NBC News NOW.

Morning News NOW Full Broadcast - May 10 - NBC News NOW.

A major U.S. pipeline is shut down after a cyber-attack, the GOP is set to vote on whether to replace Rep Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and some states are scaling back Covid-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shot declines.» Subscribe to NBC News: » Watc...

Covid-19: Boris FINALLY opens UK in huge unlocking with indoor pints, hugs and holidays from May 17.

Covid-19: Boris FINALLY opens UK in huge unlocking with indoor pints, hugs and holidays from May 17.

BORIS Johnson tonight confirmed he will rip up countless Covid rules next week as he presses ahead with his roadmap, thanks to the smashing vaccine rollout. In the biggest unlocking yet, the PM promised that indoor pints, hugs and holidays will FI...