Despite the problems completing evacuation tasks, the US president is sticking to the deadline imposed by the Taliban
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, confirmed this Tuesday that the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan will end on August 31, despite international requests to extend the deadline due to the impossibility of completing the evacuation tasks in the capital, Kabul, for that date.
“President Biden has decided, in consultation with his national security team, to stick to the August 31 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan,” as reported by a senior administration official to the US network CNN.
“Biden has made this decision conscious of the risks that exist right now on the security” in Kabul, have added these sources.
The UK Defense Minister, Ben Wallace, had already indicated on Tuesday that he believed it “unlikely” that the United States would extend the initial deadline of August 31, both due to recent recent statements by Biden about his insistence on maintaining the date of withdrawal and the refusal of the Taliban themselves to allow an extension of the troops’ stay.
In fact, the Taliban themselves already warned on Monday that there would be “consequences” if foreign countries do not complete their withdrawal from the country by that date. This same Tuesday, a spokesman insisted that there is no delay and warned that they will only facilitate the evacuation of foreign citizens.