US shifting to new relationship with Afghanistan: Austin

11th May, 2021

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin


US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said that the US is seeking a new chapter of relationship with Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American forces from the country in September as ordered by President Biden. “The President has decided to end America’s involvement in our longest war and we are going do just that, and so far, less than one weakened, the drawdown is going according to plan, at the same time, we are shifting to a new bilateral relationship with our Afghan security partners. We will work toward our common goals in some new and different ways,” Austin said at a joint press conference with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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