The British government considered Tuesday it is “unlikely” that the United States will delay its withdrawal from Afghanistan beyond the expected date of August 31, to allow for continued evacuations, before a virtual summit of the Group of Seven dedicated to the crisis in this country.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I think it’s unlikely. Not only because of what the Taliban said, but it’s also unlikely if you look at President Biden’s statements.”
The leaders of the Group of Seven (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and Britain), as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of NATO, will hold a virtual summit on Tuesday afternoon, which was urgently called by London, which is currently chairing the group to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Several countries from the Group of Seven, including Britain and France, have asked Joe Biden to keep US forces beyond August 31, the date he set for the complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to carry out these evacuations.
“Of course it’s worth a try,” Ben Wallace said, “and we’ll do it.” The US President, under pressure from his allies, stressed that he wanted to adhere to the August 31 date, without ruling out the possibility of postponing this entitlement.