Afghanistan: White Home will not decide to extending Aug. 31 deadline after Taliban risk
President Biden’s nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday would not say whether or not Biden deliberate on staying on the right track with the Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawing from Afghanistan.
Sullivan was requested Monday whether or not the administration wants the Taliban’s assist to increase the deadline.
“As I mentioned, we’re participating with the Taliban, consulting with the Taliban on each side of what is occurring in Kabul proper now,” Sullivan mentioned. “What’s occurring on the airport, on how we have to guarantee there’s facilitated passage to the airport for Americans, SIVs, third nation nationals and so forth.”
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“We’ll proceed these conversations with them. Finally it is going to be the president’s choice how this proceeds, nobody else’s,” Sullivan continued.
Taliban sources mentioned the group is just not prepared to increase the Aug. 31 deadline for Western troops to exit the nation simply hours after President Biden mentioned the U.S. may prolong the deadline, based on a report.
The 2 Taliban sources advised Reuters that the group has not been approached by any nation to increase the deadline.
Biden mentioned on Sunday that the deadline may very well be prolonged. “Our hope is we is not going to have to increase, however there are going to be discussions, I think, on how far alongside we’re within the course of,” the president mentioned on Sunday.
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The Pentagon mentioned in a Monday briefing that it’ll contemplate leaving American troops in Afghanistan previous August 31, in session with President Biden and allies, however dismissed the concept of the U.S. navy taking again Bagram Airfield to hurry up evacuations.
The feedback from Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby got here because the disaster in Afghanistan continues one week after the Taliban toppled the nation’s U.S.-backed authorities.
Fox Information’ Edmund DeMarche contributed reporting