U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to begin May 1- Biden


U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States would begin its final military withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 1 and it would be complete before Sept. 11.

"The United States will begin our final withdrawal... on May 1 of this year. We'll not conduct a hasty rush to the exit. We'll do it responsibly, deliberately and safely, and we will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners, who now have more forces in Afghanistan than we do," Biden said.

Biden added that he had spoken with former President George W. Bush about his decision.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Doina Chiacu, Phil Stewart, Daphne Psaledakis and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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