PM to push Biden to extend Kabul evacuation 'with just 2 days left of mercy flights'

The prime minister is expected to use a crisis meeting with world leaders to urge the US president to postpone the withdrawal from Afghanistan after the Taliban take control

Thousands have been evacuated so far (

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Boris Johnson will urge Joe Biden to extend the evacuation period from Kabul, fearing grace flights could end in just 48 hours.

The Prime Minister is expected to use a crisis meeting with world leaders to urge the US President to delay the withdrawal from the country.

It comes after the Department of Defense confirmed that nearly 6,000 people were evacuated from Kabul as British troops witnessed “harrowing scenes” at the airport.

British military chiefs are reported Having designated August 25 as the last day for refugee flights before the evacuation of around 1,000 soldiers and government officials.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace held talks with their counterparts in Washington over the weekend to discuss the request for US troops to remain in Afghanistan on Dec.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday



According to reports, the Prime Minister is expected to use a G7 emergency summit on Tuesday to influence Mr Biden personally.

In a tweet, he said it was “important that the international community work together to ensure safe evacuations”.

Secretary of State James Cleverly told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour program that the government would continue to try to convince the White House incumbent to extend the withdrawal period.

“The more time we have, the more people we can evacuate, of course, and we urge that,” he said.

But the president signaled on Sunday that he did not want the US forces to stay in the country beyond August.

Aircraft leaving Kabul deploy anti-missile missiles

When asked about the delay in the withdrawal of American troops during a press conference, Mr Biden said, “Our hope is that we don’t have to extend, but there are discussions about how far we are.”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has written to the Prime Minister asking for more information on how Britain is planning the next stages of the rescue mission.

Sir Keir asked if Mr Johnson had “spoken personally” to President Biden to “ask him to extend the evacuation period beyond the end of August,” and whether Britain was working with NATO allies on an emergency plan, “without Kabul airport to hold the US ”. Troops”.

Government officials said there was “no set date” for the UK to withdraw, but fear that the remaining Allied forces without US boots on the ground would not be able to save Hamid Karzai International Airport from the crowds want to flee from the Taliban.

The Taliban took control earlier this month


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Meanwhile, the Department of Defense announced that embassy staff and British nationals were among those rescued as part of Operation Pitting as part of the UK rescue mission.

Persons entitled to the Afghan Resettlement and Relief Policy program and a small number of nationals from other countries have also been evacuated.

The effort is supported by 1,000 British soldiers on the ground, including Paras from the 16th Air Assault Brigade, as well as other Whitehall staff.

Brigadier General Dan Blanchford, the senior British military officer on the ground in Kabul, said British armed forces personnel had “witnessed some harrowing scenes.”

The Department of Defense said no set date has been set for the end of flights



A total of 5,725 people have been repatriated since the mission began on August 13, including 3,100 Afghan individuals and their families.

The Department of Defense said the evacuation process would “run as long as the security situation allows, in coordination with our US partners,” with “no fixed date” being set for the end of civilian flights.

Brigadier General Blanchford, Commander Joint Forces Operations, said the armed forces had also provided assistance – including food, diapers and baby milk – as part of their efforts to get people to the UK.

“The UK Joint Task Force is leading a massive intergovernmental evacuation operation, conducting a highly complex and demanding mission remotely and under difficult circumstances,” he said.

“The terrible difficulties that families and individuals have in getting to the airport are clear, and my men and women at the front have seen and witnessed some harrowing scenes.

“I am proud of the work done by our armed forces, which have shown professionalism and compassion under difficult circumstances.

“We are redoubling our efforts to speed up the processes and support the weakest.

“For this we flew 30,000 liters of water, food for 5,000 people to the front and bought and distributed 2,700 diapers, 3,600 bottles of baby milk and 2,025 hygiene packs.”

He added: “The men and women in the Joint Taskforce Forwards are working around the clock to get vulnerable Afghans and eligible UK personnel and their families out of Afghanistan as safely and controlled as circumstances allow.

“We have also established an evacuation management model used by many other European and allied countries, and have evacuated citizens from a total of 38 countries.

“It took massive efforts at all levels of government to achieve this.”


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