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Kamala Harris says evacuating People, Afghan allies is Biden admin’s ‘highest precedence’

Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned evacuating People and U.S. allies in Afghanistan is the administration’s “highest precedence” whereas answering reporters’ questions in Vietnam on Thursday. 

She reiterated the U.S. has already evacuated greater than 80,000 folks for the reason that Taliban took Kabul earlier this month. Nonetheless, 1000’s remained in limbo and the State Division issued a warning Thursday urging folks to get away from the Kabul airport due to an “imminent” terrorist menace. 

“Every day and night time we proceed to evacuate 1000’s, understanding it’s dangerous for them to be there,” Harris informed reporters in Hanoi, acknowledging it’s a “harmful, tough mission but it surely should be seen via and we intend to see it via as finest we will.” 

Requested what the U.S. will do to assist ladies and youngsters within the nation particularly, she mentioned she has spent her “complete profession on the safety of ladies and youngsters.”

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She mentioned the administration was working with allies to make sure “we preserve a give attention to this difficulty to do all the things we will” concerning evacuations and to guard ladies residing within the area. 

The Taliban has made threats up to now towards women and girls who attend faculty or work. 

Harris’ information convention got here on the finish of a brief swing via Southeast Asia, which additionally included Singapore, and sought to emphasize the U.S.’ dedication to the area and counter Beijing’s. 

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets with civil society change makers who work on LGBT, transgender, and disability rights and climate change, at the U.S. Chief of Mission's residence in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (Associated Press)

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets with civil society change makers who work on LGBT, transgender, and incapacity rights and local weather change, on the U.S. Chief of Mission’s residence in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (Related Press)

She additionally held an occasion earlier within the day with LGBTQ and local weather change activists and met with the nation’s prime minister and president on Wednesday, promising an extra 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses to the nation on prime of the 5 million already despatched. 

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In Singapore, she spoke bluntly about China. 

“We all know that Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate and to make claims to the overwhelming majority of the South China Sea,” she mentioned in a international coverage speech on Tuesday through which she laid out the Biden administration’s imaginative and prescient for the Indo-Pacific. “Beijing’s actions proceed to undermine the rules-based order and threaten the sovereignty of countries.”

Harris averted the unscripted gaffes that overshadowed her first international journey, to Guatemala and Mexico within the spring, the place her declaration to migrants — “don’t come” — and her flip dismissal of questions on her refusal to go to the border drew criticism from either side of the aisle. Harris took questions from reporters at a number of factors that journey and sat for an prolonged cable information interview.

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On her journey residence, Harris will cease at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii to satisfy with service members. Then she’ll flip her focus to U.S. politics at an occasion within the San Francisco space for California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s going through a recall try.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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