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Biden to meet Afghanistan leaders as US troop withdrawal nears finish

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Bidenis meeting with Afghan leaders at the White House on Friday amid an ongoing U.S. military withdrawal as Afghanistan’s future remains in limbo.  

The president’s Oval Office session with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, head of the country’s High Council for National Reconciliation, comes as U.S.-backed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have stalled.

Meanwhile, the militant Islamic group has gained new territory at an alarming clip in recent weeks. Renewed fighting has stoked fears that the Taliban will topple the Afghan government once American and NATO forces have left.

“The senseless violence, it has to stop,” Biden said to reporters before the closed-door meeting began.

“Afghans are going to have to decide their future, what they want,” the president said. “But we’re going to stick with you.” 

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