Norway’s Foreign Minister: The evacuation deadline in Afghanistan must be extended

Ine Eriksen SøreidePhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) says that the evacuation deadline in Afghanistan should be extended beyond August 31.

“We must extend the evacuation deadline,” Søreide told TV 2.

The deadline to complete the evacuation is currently August 31, and US President Joe Biden has said he wants to stick to that date. At the same time, he has indicated that the assignment could be extended.

The Taliban has warned that there will be consequences if the deadline is postponed. Several thousand people are still waiting to get out of Kabul. After the Taliban took over the city a little over a week ago, the situation at the airport has been chaotic.

“One of our major concerns is that the airport will be closed. The civilian part is closed now, so we are completely dependent on the US military operation being maintained in order to be able to evacuate people,” Søreide said.

A total of 374 people have so far evacuated from Afghanistan, Søreide stated on Tuesday.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs added that Norway would continue the evacuation as long as the airport outside Kabul is open.

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