Washington’s warning is clear. The United States has asked countries to bring the end of evacuations from Afghanistan to Friday before the withdrawal of US troops scheduled for August 31. In this context, both the United Kingdom and France, Belgium and Germany have already complied with the recommendations from the Administration of US President Joe Biden.
As the Belgian Defense Minister, Ludivine Dedonder, explained this Wednesday to the Belgian newspapers ‘L’Echo’ and ‘De Tijd’, the US government has asked the allies to end their operations “as soon as possible.” Belgium has already removed 1,147 people from the country, who were transferred from the Afghan capital to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, which is functioning as a base for the flights that later take them to Europe.
“At the moment we have August 27, but this may change. The objective, in any case, is to get people out as quickly as possible,” Dedonder acknowledged, noting that this deadline is the same for all operating nations. right now in Kabul. Countries such as Belgium, France, Germany or the United Kingdom depend on the US Army to defend the city’s airport and thus continue evacuations.
End to evacuations
Precisely, Germany will put an end to military evacuations from the airport in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, before August 28, as confirmed by the DPA news agency. So far, the German Army has evacuated 4,654 people in military planes, 983 in the last day. That said, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the end of the current airlift should not be the end of efforts to get people in need of protection out of the country.
Putin and Xi address the situation in Afghanistan to avoid contagion of “instability”
Despite pressure from Merkel and the rest of the G7 leaders, Biden decided to keep next Tuesday as the key date for the withdrawal of his troops. The government of Emmanuel Macron already admitted on Tuesday that his country should cease evacuations from the Kabul airport as soon as this Thursday if Biden did not agree to delay the withdrawal of troops from the North American country beyond August 31.
At the same time, The Guardian announced during the same day that the British evacuation of Kabul would end in a period of “24 to 36 hours”, which could mean the abandonment of thousands of Afghans.
For their part, the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and China, Xi Jinping, addressed the situation in Afghanistan during a telephone conversation on Wednesday and expressed their willingness to increase the fight against threats of terrorism and drug trafficking.