European countries called on Tuesday for access to the Kabul airport to be extended for "as long as necessary".
European Council President Charles Michel told reporters after a virtual meeting of G7 leaders that EU member states raised several concerns with the US, including "the need to secure the airport, as long as necessary, to complete the (evacuation) operations".
This comes hours after the Taliban reiterated that they will not allow any extension to the August 31 withdrawal date.
A spokesman for the militant group told reporters that there would be "no extensions" to the August 31 deadline set by the US for the withdrawal of its troops. The US military currently controls Kabul airport from which evacuation flights are taking place.
Here is a round-up of key developments, follow live updates below.
- The UK, France and Germany say evacuation operations should continue beyond August 31.
- Senior government ministers from the UK, Germany and Spain say they cannot bring out all those eligible for evacuation from Kabul before the deadline. France has also said a delay is needed to complete operations.
- The Taliban warns the US and allies will face "consequences" if they stay past the deadline.
- The UN's human rights chief has cited "harrowing and credible" reports of severe abuses in areas under Taliban control, including the "summary execution of civilians."
Russia concerned about Taliban weapons seizures
Russia’s defense minister has voiced concern about the Taliban seizing a large number of weapons, including air defense missile systems, after sweeping over Afghanistan.
Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday the Taliban has captured hundreds of combat vehicles along with a number of warplanes and helicopters.
He expressed a particular worry about the Taliban obtaining more than 100 man-portable air defense missile systems.
Shoigu noted that Afghanistan’s refugee problem is a cause for grave concern.
The Russian defense chief voiced hope that the Taliban would move to form an inclusive government that would include all groups in the country.
'Credible' reports show Taliban carried out 'summary executions of civilians': UN
The United Nations has received “harrowing and credible reports” of human rights abuses by the Taliban in Afghanistan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.
These include "summary executions of civilians and combat members of the Afghan national security forces”.
Bachelet also said the UN had also seen evidence of “restrictions on the rights of women – including their right to move around freely and girls' right to attend schools”.
Furthermore, the Taliban are accused of recruiting child soldiers and repressing peaceful protest.
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G7 leaders release statement on Afghanistan
The leaders of the G7 countries have released a joint statement after meeting to discuss the Afghanistan situation.
In it, they say they "express our grave concern about the situation in Afghanistan and call for calm and restraint to ensure the safety and security of vulnerable Afghan and international citizens, and the prevention of a humanitarian crisis."
They add they will continue to fight terrorism in the country, and insist any future Afghan government must adhere to its responsibilities on preventing terrorism, and upholding human rights.
"Our immediate priority is to ensure the safe evacuation of our citizens and those Afghans who have partnered with us and assisted our efforts over the past twenty years, and to ensure continuing safe passage out of Afghanistan," the statement adds.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson, who hosted the G7 meeting, said the G7 had agreed a "roadmap for the way in which we're going to engage with the Taliban".
Read the G7's full statement here:
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"We want them to work, but we also want security to be good" for that, he said, adding that they should stay at home until then.