Senior Afghan official reacts to Biden’s remarks on Afghanistan
Waheed Omer, Director General at Office of Public and Strategic Affairs of the Afghan government, has reacted to remarks made by Joe Biden, former US Vice President, who is a Democrat candidate for the 2020 US presidential elections.
Mr. Biden, in a debate, has said that US efforts to build
nation state in Afghanistan has failed. “With regards to Afghanistan, I was
totally against the whole nation of nation building in Afghanistan. The only
thing we should be doing is doing with terrorism in that region,” Biden said in
Presidential Debate between Democrat candidates for US 2020 presidential
Mr. Omer, however, has commented that, “we didn’t need you
to build a nation for us” and that Afghanistan has been a nation for centuries.
“We were a whole country already. You came to defeat
international terrorism that will help us all. We want you to see that
through,” Mr. Omer noted.
In an apparent response to Biden’s remarks, EU Special Envoy
for Afghanistan, Roland Kobia, said in a tweet that he thinks the Afghan people
are able to build a nation. “The EU believes in nation-building in Afghanistan
for all Afghans and is proud to contribute to it,” he added.
The US Democrat candidate has recently become known for his
controversial remarks about nation building and US past efforts in Afghanistan.
In another debate held in September 2019, Biden said that
Afghanistan “cannot be put together,” and it is “three different countries”
with Pakistan controlling three provinces in the east.
US efforts to build national state in Afghanistan has long
been a controversial debate not among US politicians but also in political
circles of Afghanistan.