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Taliban to Guarantee Safe Passage After August 31

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The Taliban has promised to allow foreigners and Afghans to leave Afghanistan beyond 31 August.

This came during a meeting between the Taliban groups and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken pointed out that Washington and its allies had “a responsibility to hold [the Taliban] to that commitment”.

Blinken said the US was still on track to complete operations at Kabul airport by the end of the month.

There are still thousands inside and outside the airport wanting to fly out.

More than 82,000 have been airlifted from Kabul, which fell to the Taliban 10 days ago. The militants have opposed extending the deadline of the US-led evacuation.

Kabul has earlier urged all European countries including Poland in early July to halt forced deportations for the next three months.

Several countries haven’t said yet when they plan to end their operations, perhaps hoping to avoid yet another fatal crush at an airport that’s one of the last ways out of the country.

Taliban Refuses Evacuation Extension

However, the Taliban group considered the deadline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan a ‘red line.’

The group further warned of consequences if American boots remain on the ground beyond August 31.

There will be ‘consequences’ if they extend the deadline for US withdrawal from Afghanistan beyond August 31, the Taliban said.

A spokesperson for the Taliban, Suhail Shaheen, said the August 31 deadline for US withdrawal is a “red line”.

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