The United States lost its prestige as a world leader when it withdrew from Afghanistan and what happened there has generated doubts about the legitimacy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Zeman said in an interview published by ParlamentniListy.cz.
I warned both, Donald Trump and current US President Joe Biden, that the withdrawal would be an act of ‘cowardice’ without positive effects, the Czech president said.
On Tuesday, Armin Laschet, ruling candidate for Germany’s general election, described the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan as the biggest debacle for NATO since its founding in 1949.
Laschet, who is also a leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and a candidate to succeed her as Federal Chancellor, urged the military alliance to learn from its failure in the Asian nation.
The Talibans declared on Sunday the end of the war in Afghanistan after its fighters entered Kabul, the capital, an event that caused the exodus of thousands of people and generated chaos.
Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban’s political office, told Al Jazeera that the armed group would soon decide the kind and form of the new Government and assured that security will be provided to citizens and diplomatic missions.