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Taliban actions to be monitored, says Biden as US to lead in supporting Afghan refugees

Prime News, International (Washington), August 25:- US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) that Taliban will be judged by their actions and G7 leaders, EU, NATO and United Nations would respond to the terror group’s behaviour accordingly, while collectively agreeing to support refugees and evacuees that are currently fleeing Afghanistan.

“G7 leaders, EU, NATO, United Nations have agreed to stand united in our approach to the Taliban. We’ll judge them (Taliban) by their actions and we’ll stay in close coordination on any steps that we take moving forward in response to Taliban behaviour,” he said at the White House.

Biden said the US is on track to get all of its forces out of Afghanistan by Aug 31, as he had previously laid out, but cautioned the timeline is dependent on cooperation from the Taliban.

“We’re currently on a pace to finish (evacuation) by Aug 31. The sooner we finish the better. But completion by Aug 31 depends on Taliban continuing to cooperate & allow access to the airport to those who’re transporting out & no disruptions to our operation,” he said.

Biden, in an address on Afghanistan hours after meeting with other world leaders on the evacuation efforts, said he’s asked for contingency plans in the event more time is needed. But he stressed that the situation could deteriorate the longer the US remains in Afghanistan.

Biden said the US and other G7 nations have discussed their “mutual obligation” to support refugees and evacuees that are currently fleeing Afghanistan. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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