The press conference of the White House number one: “over 6,000 men to secure the airport, the Taliban do not get in the way or we will react with force”
“We are making every effort to ensure the safety of our citizens. We have secured the airport, we have 6000 military personnel in the field keeping safety on the runways. And we have made every effort to evacuate American citizens. It is one of the most difficult airlift operations in history “
Thus the American president in his second press conference in a few days on the situation in Afghanistan.
A particularly delicate conference, in which the number one of the White House was called to answer several questions after the words pronounced during the first conference, after the fall of Kabul. “We just had to defeat terrorism, not build a nation,” the president had declared, reiterating that American missions in the country from now on will be “contained”.
“We will check the number of Americans who are still in Afghanistan,” the president added. “But I want to be clear: any American who wants to go home will do so.” “We are in contact with the Taliban for the evacuation, we have made it clear to them that any attack or disturbance of our operations will be the subject of a rapid and forceful response.”
“For twenty years Afghanistan has been a joint effort with our allies,” said Biden, to quell the controversy of recent days. The credibility of the United States is not in question. Now we all agree to coordinate with the next G7 to carry out the mission. We are all united ».
Then the words on the future of Afghanistan. «We will work together to ensure respect for women and the weakest. And we will not allow the country to become a terrorist base again. We have a mission to finish, it’s time to end this war. We will do it”.
On the timing of the evacuation, pressed by journalists, the president said: “I hope we will be able to do it by August 31, I will keep you updated.”