The transcript was taken by the last phone call made by the head of the American government, Joe Biden, and the head of Afghanistan in the time, Ashraf Ghani.
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In the call, Joe Biden specifically asked Ghani to downplay the potential resurgence of the foreign enemy.
Here’s the full transcript, obtained originally by Reuters.
“President Joe Biden wanted the now-departed Afghan president to create the ‘perception’ that his government was capable of holding off the Taliban – an indication he knew it was only a matter of time before the US ally fell to the Islamic group even while reassuring Americans at home that it would not happen.
“In the last phone call between Biden and his Afghan then-counterpart Ashraf Ghani, the American president said they needed to change perceptions of the Taliban’s rapid advance ‘whether it is true or not,’ according to excerpts published on Tuesday,” the report continued.
“Four weeks before Kabul collapsed, Ghani pleaded for more air support and money for soldiers who had not had a pay rise in a decade,” the report added.
The transcript was originally obtained and released by Reuters.
“Hey look, I want to make it clear that I am not a military man any more than you are, but I have been meeting with our Pentagon folks, and our national security people, as you have with ours and yours, and as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” President Biden said.
“And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture,” Biden added.
Ghani would later flee the country. According to the Russian embassy, he took off in a helicopter and four cars and a fortune in cash. An Afghan diplomat accused him of looting $169 million from the suffering, war-torn country. Over the denials of Ashraf Ghani about taking the money, the Taliban is demanding he return the alleged stolen funds.
“He made a mistake of abandoning the government… This is what resulted in the sudden vacuum, plundering and shooting,” the Taliban spokesperson said.