Afghan President Ghani Warns Obama to Rethink His Withdrawal Plan
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told “60 Minutes” on Sunday that Barack Obama may want to rethink his troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to “re-examine” the timetable for removing the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops in the country by the end of 2016.
“Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not be dogmas,” Ghani told the CBS program “60 Minutes” when asked about the issue.
“If both parties, or, in this case, multiple partners, have done their best to achieve the objectives and progress is very real, then there should be willingness to re-examine a deadline,” added Ghani, who was elected last year.
Asked if he had told that to U.S. President Barack Obama, Ghani said: “President Obama knows me. We don’t need to – to tell each other.”
The White House National Security Council, the State Department and the Pentagon had no immediate comment.
The Taliban declared victory over the US and its allies last week.