WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (KUNA) -- United States President Joe Biden stated Wednesday that putting Houthi militias back on terrorists list is "under consideration".
In a press conference on occasion of one year anniversary since assuming office, Biden stated that ending the war in Yemen "takes the two parties to be involved", affirming, "it's going to be very difficult".
On the Iranian front and Vienna negotiations on reviving nuclear deal, Biden commented "it's not time to give up".
President Biden added that some progress has been made and that the (5+1) group, which includes the five permanent Security Council members; the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China, as well as Germany are "on the same page but it remains to be seen".
As for the situation in Afghanistan, the president commented that cost was too high and the desired results were not achieved, as Afghanistan, according to Biden, "is not susceptible to unity".
He clarified that the United States was spending $1 billion a week in Afghanistan for 20 years.
The president continued on saying, "Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government. It's been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason." Biden added "So, the question was, do I continue to spend that much money per week in the state of Afghanistan knowing that the idea that being able to succeed other than sending more body bags back home is highly, highly unusual?" He affirmed, "There is no way to get out of Afghanistan after 20 years easily, not possible no matter when you did it.", adding, "I make no apologies for what I did".
The president stressed "the military will acknowledge, and I think you will who know a lot about foreign policy, that had we stayed and I not pull those troops out, we would be asked to put somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 more troops back in".
Furthermore, he indicated that "I feel badly what's happening as a consequence of the incompetence of the Taliban, but I feel badly also about a whole range of things around the world that we can't solve every problem."(end) rsr.aai