Pelosi Statement on Biden Administration’s Announcement of Timeline for Departure of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

April 14, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Biden announced that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021:

“The Biden Administration’s announced timeline for the safe, strategic and orderly departure of American troops from Afghanistan is an important and welcomed development.  As Speaker, I support this transition and President Biden’s leadership to protect the safety of our troops and the security of the American people, which must be our priority.

“The United States Congress remains committed to advancing peace and security in Afghanistan and the region, including an inclusive Afghan government that respects the human rights of all its people.  It is imperative that the hard-won gains secured by and for Afghan women and girls are not erased.  Congress will be working closely with the Administration to ensure that our support for our Afghan partners remains strong and that this transition is orderly and made in coordination with our allies. 

“As we mark twenty years since the tragedy of September 11, we look forward to welcoming our heroic troops back to American shores safely as soon as possible.”