Afghanistan: Boris Johnson to personally plead with Joe Biden to increase deadline for US withdrawal

US troops hoist a child onto a container as evacuation efforts continue from Afghanistan

2021-08-23 05:52:00

Boris Johnson will personally plead with Joe Biden to increase a deadline for US troops leaving Afghanistan to permit extra individuals to flee the reign of terror of the Taliban.

The prime minister will use an emergency G7 summit of the world’s strongest leaders to enchantment to the president to delay the 31 August deadline to deal with the chaos and mayhem at Kabul airport.

And forward of the summit, Mr Biden signalled he could possibly be keen to bow to calls for for an extension, revealing discussions have been already underneath means and saying he would inform the G7: “We are going to see what we will do.”

President Joe Biden flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
President Joe Biden has defended his determination to tug out of Afghanistan

After the Ministry of Defence revealed that seven individuals died within the crush on the airport over the weekend, taking the overall airport demise toll to twenty, Mr Johnson introduced that the summit deliberate since final week would happen on Tuesday.

And in a transfer clearly supposed to exert strain on Mr Biden, the prime minister – who at the moment chairs the G7 – positioned the evacuation chaos and stopping a humanitarian disaster on the high of agenda for the video-link summit.

“It is important that the worldwide neighborhood works collectively to make sure protected evacuations, stop a humanitarian disaster and help the Afghan individuals to safe the good points of the final 20 years,” Mr Johnson tweeted.

Minutes later the president’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, stated: “The leaders will focus on persevering with our shut co-ordination of Afghanistan coverage and evacuating our residents, the courageous Afghans who stood with us during the last twenty years and different weak Afghans.

“They will even focus on plans to supply humanitarian help and help for Afghan refugees.”

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as they look at historical documents and artefacts relating to the Atlantic Charter during their meeting, at Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Boris Johnson (R) plans to push Joe Biden to delay US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Later, at a White Home information convention, the president urged he could also be able to bow to strain from Mr Johnson and different world leaders akin to Germany’s Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France to again down.

Requested about extending the 31 August deadline, Mr Biden stated: “There are discussions happening about extending. Our hope is that we do not have to increase, however there are discussions happening about how far we’re.

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British troopers describe Kabul evacuation efforts

Requested what he would inform G7 leaders urgent for an extension, he stated: “I’ll inform them ‘We are going to see what we will do’.”

And requested if he had mentioned delaying the withdrawal of troops with the Taliban, Mr Biden stated: “Clearly we have mentioned lots with the Taliban.

“They’ve been co-operative in in extending a few of the perimeter (of the airport). It stays to be seen whether or not we ask that query.”

Earlier, Armed Forces minister James Heappey advised Sky Information that requests for a delay had been raised by each Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace with their US counterparts.

The MoD additionally introduced that greater than 1,720 individuals have been airlifted from Kabul by the RAF over the weekend on eight flights, taking the overall to five,725 for the reason that airlift started.

The Instances is reporting that Britain is to step up the mass evacuation of British and Afghan residents from Afghanistan this week in plans to fly an extra 6,000 individuals from the chaos in Kabul.

However forward of the G7 talks, Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has written to the prime minister asking what he has achieved to safe extra time for UK troops to evacuate Britons and eligible Afghans out of Kabul.

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Claiming there are “too many unanswered questions” remaining concerning the rescue mission in Afghanistan because the deadline approaches for US withdrawal on 31 August, Sir Keir has posed seven questions.

“Correct planning for the approaching days will be sure that nobody to whom we owe a lot will probably be left behind,” the Labour chief writes.

He asks whether or not the prime minister has spoken personally to President Biden to ask him to increase the evacuation interval and whether or not the UK was amongst these at a NATO overseas ministers’ assembly on Friday that pressed for an extension.

He additionally asks whether or not the UK authorities is working with NATO allies “to carry Kabul airport with out US troops” ought to it turn out to be essential within the occasion Washington pulls its armed forces personnel out earlier than efforts are over.

Responding to Sir Keir, a authorities spokeswoman stated: “We’re doing all we will to get as many individuals out of Afghanistan as attainable together with British nationals, our Afghan workers and others.

“Since Sunday we now have evacuated greater than 5,000 individuals and these life-saving efforts proceed.

“The prime minister has been clear a co-ordinated and concerted worldwide effort is required.

“We’re in shut contact with our Commonwealth and NATO companions to facilitate swift evacuations and have set out that there is no such thing as a time restrict to the resettlement programme.”

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