US says no deadline on their evacuation efforts as it will continue after August 31
The United States has said efforts to help its citizens and allies leave the country would continue even after the deadline , this is as the US military races against time to complete its evacuation mission in Afghanistan by August 31
“Let me be crystal clear about this: There is no deadline on our work. With a functioning airport and international pressure, those wishing to depart from Afghanistan will be able to leave,” Al Jazeera quoted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as saying.
Antony Blinken said the US and its allies would try their best to pressure the Taliban to allow departures after the withdrawal.
“The Taliban have made public and private commitments to provide and permit safe passage for Americans, for third-country nationals and Afghans at risk going forward past August 31,” Blinken said.
The remarks come days after the Taliban warned of “consequences” if the United States and its allies extend the presence of troops in Afghanistan beyond August 31.
The rush to leave the war-torn country has sparked fracas at Kabul airport and killed at least eight people. More than 80,000 people have been airlifted by western forces from Kabul airport since the Taliban took control of the capital city on August 15.
Echoing Blinken, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was looking at options to provide consular support and facilitate departures for those who wish to leave Afghanistan after August 31.
“And our expectation and the expectation of the international community is that people who want to leave Afghanistan after the US military departs should be able to do so,” Jen Psaki said.
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