Despite strong protests from several allied countries, US President Joe Biden will continue to withdraw Americans from Afghanistan on August 31.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, according to Reuters, that there was no agreement at Tuesday’s G7 meeting to extend this deadline.
Merkel says the evacuation cannot continue without US support.
This will also have consequences for the evacuation of the Norwegian authorities, and they have been called for a Norwegian press conference at 19:00.
Reuters quoted an anonymous official as saying that US President Joe Biden supported the Pentagon’s recommendation not to extend his stay in Afghanistan. CNN also reported that Biden will stick to the August 31 deadline, despite protests from US allies. The reason must be concerns about the safety of those who might stay during the deadline.
The news has not been officially confirmed by the White House.
Reuters, CNN and The Associated Press all write that Biden has simultaneously asked the Pentagon to make contingency plans in case they decide to stay longer. Sticking to the August 31 deadline depends on the Taliban’s cooperation in the evacuations.
Following the G7 meeting on Tuesday, EU President Charles Michel said they are concerned about EU citizens and the ability of others to get to the airport. Michel is asking the United States and other allies to “secure the airport as long as necessary” to continue the evacuation.
In short – the drama of the evacuation:
- With less than a week to go until the US military left Afghanistan, there was frantic activity surrounding the evacuation from Kabul.
- Senior leaders from the USA, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the European Union, the United Nations and NATO gathered for a meeting on Monday afternoon, as of around 5:30 pm.
- France and Germany both entered the meeting wanting the Americans to stay longer. Norway wants the same thing, because when the Americans come out, The Norwegian field hospital should also be closed.
- The Pentagon also confirmed on Tuesday that all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan will be evacuated on August 31. But what about all the Afghans who worked with the Americans? It’s more ambiguous. Spain said it would not be able to get everyone it worked with before that deadline.
- Norway can not guarantee They are evacuating all Norwegian citizens who seek help.
- The Taliban said Monday that the extension of the deadline It will have consequences – that August 31 is a “red line”. On Tuesday, they repeated: The Taliban will finish all evacuations by that day.
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