Biden to host Afghan president at White House on Friday

Biden to host Afghan president at White House on Friday
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The White House announced on Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday. 

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Hunter Biden blasts those criticizing price of his art: 'F--- 'em' MORE said in a statement that the visit would emphasize the "enduring partnership" between the two countries as the U.S. prepares to withdraw the last remaining American troops in Afghanistan.

"The United States will remain deeply engaged with the Government of Afghanistan to ensure the country never again becomes a safe haven for terrorist groups who pose a threat to the U.S. homeland," Psaki said in the statement.

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"The United States continues to fully support the ongoing peace process and encourages all Afghan parties to participate meaningfully in negotiations to bring an end to the conflict," Psaki added.

President Biden announced in April that troops in Afghanistan would withdraw by Sept. 11, but concerns remain about the Taliban taking advantage of troops leaving and taking over parts of the country, jeopardizing the already fragile government.

Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it China moves quickly to replace America in Afghanistan Harris to travel to Vietnam, Singapore in August MORE testified during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday, saying there’s “medium” risk with extremist groups taking over Afghanistan within two years of the U.S. troops withdrawing.

Some lawmakers signaled they were upset with the move to withdraw troops. Upon hearing the news, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) said that “there are no great options” when it comes to the situation in Afghanistan, but he criticized the move by Biden to leave completely.

"President Biden, unfortunately, has chosen the highest risk option available, which is to leave no matter what," Graham said.