The G7 meeting convened regarding the current situation in Afghanistan could not agree on the deadline for the evacuation of people from Kabul. The US has announced that it will withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by August 31. At the same time, many countries including France, Britain, Canada and Germany have requested to extend this deadline. The Taliban has also said that it will not allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan for a day after August 31.
Consensus not reached in G7 meeting
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said after the G7 summit that we decided that Kabul airport should be used longer for the evacuation of people. He requested the Taliban to allow access to the airport for Afghans who want to leave the country. We all agreed that it is our moral duty to help the Afghan people and provide as much support as possible.
EU concerned about security at Kabul airport
European Council President Charles Michel said the EU was concerned about the ability of European citizens and others to access Kabul airport. Michel said the EU urged the US and other partners to secure the airport for as long as necessary to complete evacuation efforts.
Germany expressed disappointment
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after the virtual summit ended that the G7 countries had failed to agree on an end date to end the evacuation of foreign and Afghan nationals from Afghanistan. Merkel also announced that Germany was ready to work with other neighbors including Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan to accommodate Afghan refugees.
British PM seeks guarantee from Taliban
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after the G7 meeting that member states had agreed on a roadmap for further joint action regarding the situation in Afghanistan. He said that we are seeking a guarantee from the Taliban to follow the right path after August 31. There should be a safe way for those who want to come out. Let the Taliban assure us that it will not turn Afghanistan into a breeding ground of terror or a drug export state and that girls there can get education until they are 18 years old.
US troops will be back on August 31
US President Joe Biden has decided not to extend the August 31 deadline for the evacuation of American and allied Afghan citizens from Afghanistan. Biden has taken this decision after discussions with the National Security Team. Sensing the danger that forces remain in Afghanistan after the deadline, they have opted to complete the evacuation mission by next Tuesday. This deadline was set by Biden himself, long before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15.
US soldiers outside Kabul airport