Boris will demand Biden delays US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will put pressure on the US president at tomorrow’s G7 meeting to keep evacuation flights running from Kabul airport.

Boris Johnson will tomorrow (Tuesday) ask US President Joe Biden for a delay in withdrawing of US forces from Afghanistan.

According to Number 10, the Prime Minister will put the US president on the spot in front of world leaders at his emergency G7 meeting. This comes after attempts by both Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace asking the same of their US counterparts have fallen on deaf ears.

Announcing the G7 meeting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“It is vital that the international community works together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis, and support the Afghan people to secure the gains of the last 20 years.”

According to reports, British ministers have been pressing the US privately for days to consider delaying the withdrawal to ease the pressure on Kabul airport, where thousands of Afghans are still gathered trying to escape the Taliban.

Foreign office minister James Cleverly on Sunday night said:

“Obviously the more time that we’ve got, the more people we can evacuate – and that’s what we’re pushing for.”

Boris Johnson and the British Government want to establish “processing” hubs in some of the countries neighbouring Afghanistan which include Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Over the weekend, more than 1,720 people were airlifted from Kabul by the Royal Air Force on eight flights. A total of 5,725 individuals have been evacuated by the British Army in total since the operation began.

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