As US President Joe Biden spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, he addressed the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. Biden said that America was closing a “period of relentless war” for a “new era of relentless diplomacy”. He further insisted that the word was at “an inflection point in history”.

Speaking to global leaders, the US President opened up about reserving the resources for challenges in future. “Instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past, we are fixing our eyes on devoting our resources into the challenges that hold the keys to our collective future. Ending this pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, managing the shifts in global power dynamics, shaping the rules of the world on vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies, and facing the threat of terrorism as it stands today,” he said. 

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“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy, of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world, of renewing and defending democracy, of proving that no matter how challenging or how complex the problems we’re going to face, government by and for the people is still the best way to deliver for all of our people,” Biden said.

As the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15, the last US troop left the country soon after. 

Joe Biden said he was aiming at stabilising the Indo-Pacific region and further pledged to work with allies and the UN. 

“And as the United States turns our focus to the priorities and the regions of the world like the Indo-Pacific that are most consequential today and tomorrow, we’ll do so with our allies and partners through cooperation and multilateral institutions like the United Nations to amplify our collective strength and speed, our progress for dealing with these global challenges,” he said.