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The UK will ask the US to delay its departure from Afghanistan

The UK will ask the US to delay its departure from Afghanistan

London, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The British government will ask the United States to extend the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan beyond August 31st in order to evacuate more Afghan refugees, the British press reported.
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According to the British media, who cited anonymous sources from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office, the Prime Minister will personally request the extension from President Joe Biden during the Group of Seven emergency summit to be held tomorrow to analyze the situation in Afghanistan.

Calling the meeting in his capacity as temporary chair of the bloc made up of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, Johnson said that it is vital that the international community work together to ensure the safe evacuation of the Afghan personnel who worked for the occupation troops, and prevent a humanitarian crisis.

Since the seizure of power by the Taliban on August 15th, several thousand people managed to leave Afghanistan aboard military planes from member countries of the international coalition that invaded the country following the 2001 terrorist attacks against the Twin Towers.

It is feared, however, that many Afghan collaborators may not be evacuated after August 31th, the deadline set by the United States to terminate its presence in Kabul.

Johnson, who faces great pressure from the opposition and many of his party colleagues to remove everyone who worked with the British troops, pledged last week to host up to 20,000 Afghan refugees over the next five years.

Labor lawmaker Nick Thomas-Symonds stressed on Monday that the Conservative government has a duty to immediately evacuate all interpreters who cooperated with the United Kingdom, after accusing Johnson of being ‘asleep at the wheel’.

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