The Taliban on Tuesday said they might not comply with an extension of a looming deadline to evacuate Afghans from Kabul airport, whilst Western countries said they were running out of your time.
European nations have said they might not be ready to airlift at-risk Afghans before the August 31 cut-off, and us President Joe Biden has faced calls from all corners to increase the evacuation window.
But speaking at a news conference within the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group wouldn’t comply with an extension, and told the US to prevent evacuating skilled Afghans.
Mujahid also said female Afghan government workers should stay home until security conditions within the country improve.
US-led troops have ramped up operations to urge thousands of individuals out of Kabul after the Taliban warned they might not allow the US to increase the deadline for an entire withdrawal.
President Biden has said he would stick with the schedule but faced growing pressure to barter longer for the evacuations.
Germany said on Tuesday that Western allies simply cannot fly every Afghan who needs protection out of Kabul before the deadline.
“Even if (the evacuation) goes on until August 31 or maybe a couple of days longer, it’ll not be enough to permit those that we, or us , want to fly out,” secretary of state Heiko Maas told Bild TV.
Earlier France said it might need to end evacuations from Kabul’s airport on Thursday if the US stuck to the deadline, and Spain said it might not be ready to rescue all Afghans who served Spanish missions.
Britain, meanwhile, has said it’ll lobby for an extension at a virtual G7 summit later Tuesday.
The Taliban achieved their stunning victory because of Biden coitus interruptus nearly all American troops from Afghanistan, following through on a deal struck with the movement by then-president Donald Trump.
However, Biden was forced to redeploy thousands of troops after the autumn of Kabul to oversee the airlift.
According to the Washington Post, US Central intelligence chief William Burns held a secret meeting in Kabul on Monday with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, although no details were reported and neither the CIA nor the Taliban confirmed it.