UK to urge extension of Kabul evacuations at G7 talks

Britain says it will urge the United States to extend an end-of-the-month deadline for evacuations from Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden has set an August 31 deadline for the chaotic airlift organized by thousands of temporarily deployed US troops, but has left the door open to an extension if needed.

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will “try to raise the prospect of seeing if the United States will extend” the deadline at an online leaders meeting of the G7 group of wealthy nations tomorrow.

In this Tuesday, July 20, 2021 file photo, Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace arrives at the prime minister’s official residence on his way to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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