Afghanistan: United States ready to keep diplomats in Kabul beyond August 31

The United States is ready to maintain its diplomatic presence at Kabul airport after the August 31 withdrawal deadline if conditions permit, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The US State Department said Tuesday, August 17 that diplomats could stay in the Afghan capital Kabul beyond August 31, when the US military intervention in Afghanistan is to end , provided he is "responsible. »To maintain diplomatic activities there.

Speaking at a press briefing, the department spokesman said the United States had minimized its diplomatic presence in Kabul by evacuating the majority of embassy staff.

Evacuation of 22,000 Afghan civilians

Ned Price added that diplomatic staff still present in the Afghan capital would assist US nationals and Afghan allies wishing to leave the country.

The Pentagon has planned to evacuate up to 22,000 Afghan civilians, considered at risk for having worked for the United States during their military intervention. But representatives and groups specializing in the resettlement of refugees believe that this number, if admirable, will be much more difficult to reach now that the Taliban insurgents have taken control of the capital Kabul, after leading an offensive through the country.

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