The heads of state and government of the G7 countries will not extend their evacuation flights from Afghanistan, also because the Taliban are increasing pressure on the West.
Update from August 24th, 6.40pm: “It was a very important exchange,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel when she appeared in front of the press after the G7 meeting, since the security situation in Kabul had worsened. The primary focus of the virtual crisis summit was on the “goals of the evacuation”, explained Merkel. A new end date for the evacuation mission had not been decided. So it stays at the end of the promotion on August 31st.
American media reported in advance that US President Joe Biden did not want to extend the time window for the evacuation. Other NATO countries pushed for an extension of the evacuation mission. But the United States is in the lead, said Merkel. “Without the USA we cannot continue the evacuation operation.” The pressure from the Taliban played a role in the decision, said Merkel. According to the Chancellor, “intensive preparations for the phase after” are now under way. It is about making sure that people can still leave the country afterwards. The Chancellor also spoke about humanitarian aid. Germany will provide 100 million euros in emergency aid and 500 million more, said Merkel.
G7 summit Biden’s decision in Afghanistan is bitter news for Bundeswehr helpers
All of this is bitter news for many Bundeswehr volunteers. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) admitted that morning that Germany would not fully achieve its goals in the evacuation mission in Afghanistan. More than 2,000 men, women and children have been flown out of Afghanistan and are in concrete contact with 100 other families, Maas said in the morning on the TV station image. However, the time window for the action is closing: “That will not be enough to get all those we want to fly out of the country during this time.”
Tragic: on Tuesday afternoon, the German government gave in to the admission regulations for local staff and was loud world also the claim of former Afghan local staff of the Ministry of Development and the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), made hope for an application for evacuation from Afghanistan. That reaction might have come too late now.
G7 summit on Afghanistan: Taliban renew threat of “consequences” – will Biden give in?
First report: Washington / Kabul – The G7 is back in crisis mode: The radical Islamic Taliban have asked the US armed forces not to fly any further Afghan specialists out of the country for their rescue missions. “We call on them to stop this,” said a Taliban spokesman on Tuesday (August 24) to journalists in Kabul. He also repeated the warning of “consequences” should the US military’s deployment at the airport be extended.
The G7 countries discussed whether the evacuation flights from Kabul should be extended on the service gas afternoon at a virtual crisis meeting. In the run-up to the meeting, US President Joe Biden * had held on to the complete withdrawal of US troops until August 31, but left the possibility of an extension open.
G7 summit on Afghanistan: While the West is in session, the Taliban are increasing the pressure
In parallel to the deliberations of the G7 heads of state and government, the Taliban have increased the pressure on the Western military alliance. A continuation of the mission beyond the August 31 deadline will not be approved, said Taliban spokesman Sabiullah Mujahid at a press conference on Tuesday. A Taliban representative had already referred to this date as the “red line” on Monday. Mujahid blamed the USA for the chaos at the airport. The crowd is dangerous and people could lose their lives. However, the Mujahid did not issue any specific threats in the event that the US or other countries did not complete their evacuations by the end of August.
The background: All foreign troops are supposed to have left Afghanistan by the end of the month. But the tumultuous events * with the rapid takeover of power by the militant Islamist Taliban and chaos at the airport meant that many thousands of people are still waiting for an evacuation. The West feared that many would have to be left behind.
G7 summit on Afghanistan: when will the evacuation from Kabul end?
The Taliban, on the other hand, fear that many educated Afghans will leave the country on the evacuation flights. You need this to rebuild Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden recently had not ruled out that the mission could be extended. However, he expressed the hope that this would not be necessary. The European allies in London, Paris and Berlin, however, are pressing for an extension. (dpa / afp / jo) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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