The former U.S. president believes that Washington is responsible for the evacuation of Afghans who cooperated with the Americans and citizens of the United States and its allies and has the ability to ensure safe departure without bureaucratic delays.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush issued a written statement in which he noted that he and his wife Laura are “watching with deep sadness” what is happening in Afghanistan.

“We are worried about the Afghan people, who have suffered so much, and for the Americans and NATO allies, who have made so many sacrifices,” the Bush Presidential Center said in a statement posted on its website.

U.S. President Joe Biden promised to evacuate Afghans who collaborated with the Americans and citizens of the United States and its allies, Bush notes. “We are responsible for this and have the capabilities to ensure their safe departure without bureaucratic delays,” the statement said.

After the terrorist acts organized by Al-Qaeda in the United States on September 11, 2001, it was President George W. Bush who announced on October 7, 2001, the beginning of an American military operation in Afghanistan (subsequently, the countries that joined the United States made up the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF), whose leadership was transferred to NATO). Its goals were stated to be the liberation of Afghanistan from the influence of the Taliban movement, the destruction of terrorist bases, and the capture of Al-Qaeda leaders.