The British government will defend against the United States extending withdrawal operations in Kabul beyond the August 31 deadline, at a virtual G7 summit on Afghanistan to be held this Tuesday (24) – the government said Monday (23) informed to.
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“Whether it is possible to convince the United States to stay is a question for the Prime Minister (Boris Johnson) at the G7 meeting tomorrow,” James Happy, the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, said in an interview. Channel Sky News, referring to the extension of the withdrawal agreement.
Currently, the rotating G7 presidency is held by the United Kingdom. The group has also been formed by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
“I think it should be clear to everyone that this is not just a discussion between the G-7 leaders tomorrow, it is a discussion with the Taliban,” Happy said.
“The Taliban will have to choose: they can try to engage with the international community and show that they want to be part of the international system,” he declared, “or they can turn around and say that there is no way of expansion.” No opportunity.”
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On Sunday (22), Johnson announced that G7 leaders would meet virtually on Tuesday (24) for an “urgent debate” on the situation in Afghanistan.
Since the Taliban came to power in mid-August, thousands of families have gathered in and around Kabul International Airport in an attempt to leave the country before August 31. This was the date set by the US government for the definitive withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
Faced with the chaos of withdrawal and pressure from his allies, US President Joe Biden opened the door for troops to land after that deadline.
The British military said on Sunday night that it had withdrawn 5,725 people, including 3,100 Afghans, from Afghanistan since August 13, and said the operation would continue “as long as the security situation allows”. No date has been announced for the last flight.
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