- Title: Afghan nationals wait to be evacuated from Kabul as Aug. 31 deadline looms
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 23, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AND TROOPS OUTSIDE THE DEPARTURE BUILDING AT KABUL AIRPORT PEOPLE WALKING AROUND VARIOUS OF TROOPS GROUP OF PEOPLE WAITING ON ROADSIDE TROOPS WALKING TOWARDS TERMINAL VARIOUS OF TERMINAL/PEOPLE VARIOUS OF GROUPS SAT WAITING VARIOUS OF COACHES ARRIVING COACHES ARRIVING WATCHED BY TROOPS VARIOUS OF TROOPS STANDING GUARD
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 22:36
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kabul airport Taliban fighters evacuation
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI4NYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Groups of Afghan nationals waited to be evacuated by plane from Kabul airport on Monday night (August 23), as Biden's August 31 evacuation deadline looms.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed on Monday to work together to ensure all those eligible to leave Afghanistan were able to, including after the initial evacuation phase ended, Johnson's office said.
Leaders of the G7 advanced economies are expected to pledge unity on whether or not to officially recognize or sanction the Taliban when they meet virtually to discuss Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to two diplomatic sources.
U.S. allies are still smarting from Washington's delays in outreach after Kabul fell on Aug. 15, and foreign diplomats in Washington said cooperation will be a key theme of the call.
The Taliban's lightning-fast takeover of the country this month, after U.S. troops started to withdraw and President Ashraf Ghani fled, left foreign governments scrambling and sparked a panicked mass exodus from the country.
Leaders of the United States, Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, and Japan may use the possibility of unified official recognition, or renewed sanctions to push the Taliban to comply with pledges to respect women's rights and international relations.
G7 leaders will also discuss a possible extension of Biden's Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces, to give the United States and other countries more time to locate and evacuate Western citizens, Afghans who aided NATO and U.S. forces and other vulnerable people, the sources said.
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