Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the President's Meeting With
Representatives of the Afghan Resistance
President met this afternoon with representatives of the Afghan Resistance
Alliance: Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani,
who is the current spokesman for the
History records the efforts of many different nations and empires to subjugate the Afghans. In the end, none has succeeded. So it is today that we see this valiant nation struggling for its freedom, which is now closer than any time in the past decade.
are disappointed by recent Soviet statements indicating that Soviet troop
withdrawal has been suspended. We expect the
The fight of the Afghan people to regain and to preserve their freedom has provided a lesson for free people around the world. The commitment of the American Government and people to the Afghan people's cause is not new, and it will not waver. It will continue so long as the Afghan people require it to regain their freedom.