While the world closely watches the outcome of the US Presidential Election, there are different views in Afghanistan about the election and its implications on the situation in the country.
Analysts and ordinary Afghans said that a new administration in the United States will have its impacts on the peace process in Afghanistan, but others believe that the unanimity of views, which were noted between the candidates about the US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan can be perilous for the country.
Footage received from various parts of Afghanistan show that Afghans are closely watching the developments in the US amid the election.
“Whether friends or foe, they are all watching the US election and await its outcomes,” said Mohammad Ishaq Shahbaz, a university lecturer in Nimroz province in southwestern Afghanistan.
“Most of the people in the world are watching to see who will be the winner of the election. This has importance for the world,” said Hassan Mukhtar, an economic analyst in Nimroz.
Also in the southern Afghanistan that has seen some deadly conflicts in the recent years, residents saie that the US election will have impacts on the peace process in Afghanistan.
“Of course, this election will have its impacts on the war in Afghanistan and the situation that prevails in a province like Helmand,” said Zainullah Stanekzai, a resident of southern Helmand province.
“They should put an end to the war that is ongoing in Afghanistan,” said Abdul Wali Tawhid, a resident of Helmand.
“In the same way that Mr. Trump is interested in pulling out all American troops from Afghanistan, Mr. Biden is also having the same idea. Biden even during the Obama administration was not agreeing on Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan,” said Wahid Paiman, a journalist.
“I am confident that there will be some changes in the US policy. There is possibility some changes will occur in favor of Afghanistan and some oppose Afghanistan’s interests,” said Khalid Pashtun, a member of parliament.
Taliban signed a peace deal with the US in February based on which US troops will withdraw from the country next year. But US and NATO officials have said the withdrawal is based on conditions on the ground.
“Nearly half of this agreement has been implemented. The withdrawal of Americans nearly implemented. The remaining portion will also leave,” said Mohammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban in Doha.