G7 demands Taliban ‘guarantee’ safe passage from Kabul after Aug. 31

The Taliban must “guarantee” safe passage for those fleeing Afghanistan beyond the current August 31 evacuation deadline, the G7 agrees, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson, who convened the emergency meeting, says that he and his colleagues had agreed to “a roadmap for the way in which we’re going to engage with the Taliban” in the future.

But he adds that the “number one condition” was “to guarantee… through August 31 and beyond, a safe passage for those who want to come out.”

The UK chairs the emergency talks among the group of wealthy countries on Tuesday, saying it would urge Biden to extend his August 31 deadline to pull American forces out of Afghanistan.

France also calls on Washington to push back the timeline.

However, Biden decided after the G7 talks that he would stick to the deadline, US media reported.

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