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US officials are ‘talking’ to Taliban about safe passage for refugees

US soldiers stand guard along a perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Shekib Rahmani)
US soldiers stand guard along a perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Shekib Rahmani)

The United States says that the Taliban have promised safe passage for thousands of civilians seeking to reach Kabul airport in order to leave Afghanistan.

“The Taliban have informed us they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport, and we intend to hold them to that commitment,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tells reporters at the White House.

Sullivan says the US is also “talking” with the Taliban about the timetable for the removal of thousands of American citizens and Afghans fleeing the country on US military aircraft.

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