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Different G7 leaders to press Biden to increase Kabul evacuation deadline

LONDON: US President Joe Biden will face strain to increase an Aug 31 deadline to evacuate 1000’s looking for to flee the Taliban in Afghanistan when he meets Group of Seven (G7) leaders at a digital assembly on Tuesday.

Western nations are struggling to carry dwelling their very own residents and determined Afghans massing at Kabul airport who’re looking for to flee the nation fearing reprisals after Taliban militants seized management simply over every week in the past.

It has led to chaotic scenes on the airport, with some 20 individuals killed in stampedes and shootings, amid a panic to catch flights in a foreign country earlier than the USA and its allies pull out their troops.

The way of the withdrawal, 20 years after the US-led invasion to oust the Taliban following the Sep 11, 2001, assaults, has strained tensions between Washington and different Western capitals, the place there was dismay at its timing and the way it has been carried out.

At their assembly, the leaders from the G7 group of the richest nations that features the USA, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and Canada, will deal with the evacuation effort in addition to the longer-term future for Afghanistan, mentioned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will chair the convention.

“Our first precedence is to finish the evacuation of our residents and people Afghans who’ve assisted our efforts over the past 20 years – however as we look forward to the subsequent section, it’s very important we come collectively as a world group and agree a joint method for the long run,” he mentioned in a press release.

“That’s why I’ve referred to as an emergency assembly of the G7 – to coordinate our response to the quick disaster, to reaffirm our dedication to the Afghan individuals, and to ask our worldwide companions to match the UK’s commitments to assist these in want.”

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