France, Germany to join London call to extend Afghanistan withdrawal – report – world

NEW YORK, August 23. / TASS /. France and Germany intend to fight to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan at the G7 online meeting, CNN reported Monday citing its sources.

Earlier reports suggested that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would personally ask US President Joe Biden to extend the withdrawal deadline beyond August 31. According to CNN sources, the British Prime Minister, who currently chairs the G7, is leading a group of several American allies who “put pressure on Biden”. According to CNN, the call could be joined by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The G7 online meeting will take place on August 24 at the initiative of the United Kingdom. Earlier, spokesman for the Taliban movement’s political bureau (banned in Russia) in Qatar Muhammad Sohail Shahin said the United States and other Western states would suffer the consequences if they did not withdraw from Afghanistan. before September.

On August 15, Taliban militants (banned in Russia) entered the capital Kabul without a fight and took full control of the city within hours. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced that he is leaving the country in order to avoid bloodshed. Vice President Amrullah Saleh asserted that in the absence of the president he became interim president in accordance with the Constitution. He urged the republic to continue fighting the Taliban. Meanwhile, Western states are in the process of evacuating their citizens and employees of their embassies from the republic.