London is in dialogue with the Taliban on the possible extension of the airlift from Kabul beyond 31 August. This was stated by a spokesman for the British government, speaking of “discussions” on the matter. His words were quoted by Sky after the Taliban threatened “consequences” if the military evacuation operation does not cease at the end of the month. In this regard, the spokesman said he “saw” the news, but added that he believed that such threats had not been mentioned in any direct contact with the Taliban. However, he reiterated that the British will withdraw at the same time as the Americans. “We will continue the evacuation as long as the security situation permits,” he explains. Read also Meanwhile, Britain, said British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, is trying to persuade the Americans to extend the airlift from Kabul to beyond 31 August. Prime Minister Boris Johnson “will try” at tomorrow’s G7 to persuade Washington to extend the timeframe, but “when they leave with all their apparatus, we will have to leave too,” Wallace said, clarifying that the American military presence at the Kabul airport is key to carrying out the operation. “We are really talking about hours, not weeks,” he said of the evacuation. “We must be sure we can use every minute to take people away,” he concludes, adding that the British will end the operation anyway when the United States does.
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