Boris Johnson to press Biden to delay Kabul withdrawal

PM to press Biden to delay Kabul withdrawal
US and UK forces are working together to evacuate people from Kabul. Source: MOD
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Daily US Times: The UK prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to ask US President Joe Biden to keep American soldiers in Afghanistan beyond 31 August in order to allow evacuation flights to continue.

Mr Johnson will make the request to Mr Biden at an emergency meeting of world leaders from the G7 countries on Tuesday.

Thousands of people are crowded outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, desperate to leave the country after the Taliban swept to power.

The US intends to pull all of its forces out by the end of the month.

President Biden has said discussions were taking place about extending the deadline of troops withdrawal, but that “our hope is we will not have to”.

He said US forces have expanded the perimeter around Kabul airport as part of efforts to speed up evacuation efforts, and the Taliban had cooperated with the move.

While British government officials said there is “no fixed date” on when the UK will withdraw, it is feared that without US forces on the ground, the remaining allied forces would be unable to secure the area.

The United Kingdom has more than 1,000 Armed Forces personnel deployed in Kabul.

The talks between the G7 countries, of which the UK is currently the chair, will take place virtually and it is understood the main focus will be on the long-term future of Afghanistan, after Taliban took control of the country.

But it is expected that the ongoing evacuation will also be discussed.

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