Biden says he doesn't believe Taliban have changed, maintains troop pullout the correct thing to do

US President Joe Biden has said that he does not believe that the Taliban have changed, and that it's up to the militia to determine, by its actions, whether or not they want to be recognized by the international community.

"They care about their beliefs more," Biden's interviewer George Stephanopoulos interjected. "Well they do, but they also care about whether they have food to eat, whether they have an income that can make any money and run an economy. They care about whether or not they can hold together the society they in fact say they care so much about," Biden responded, adding that he was "not counting on any of that."

Biden admitted that he did not predict that the Taliban would have agreed to "provide safe passage for Americans to get out" of the country when the US made the decision to leave.

Biden reiterated that he considers the troop pullout the correct thing to do, and said he would have withdrawn the troops even if the Trump administration had not reached the peace deal with the Taliban in Doha in February 2020. (APA)