Taliban not to extend Aug 31 evacuation deadline

Kabul : The Taliban said on Monday they will not extend the August 31 deadline for the current evacuation mission, a media report said.

The BBC quoted Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen as saying that the 31st of August was a red line.

He said US President Joe Biden had said troops would be out by that date, and extending it meant extending Afghanistan’s occupation. He warned of “consequences” if that were to change.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to use an emergency G7 meeting on Tuesday to ask President Biden to delay the US troop withdrawal to allow more time for evacuations from Kabul airport.

Thousands of Afghans and foreign nationals are still scrambling to get on flights out of the country.