Taliban Agree to Allow Extractions Beyond Deadline

National security advisor says deal reached with U.S.-led coalition.

The United States in conjunction with allied nations reached a deal with the Taliban on Sunday to continue extracting people beyond the August 31 deadline.

In a statement from the U.S. Department of State, the coalition said they had worked it out so citizens foreign to Afghanistan could be granted safe passage after Tuesday’s official withdrawal date. The safe passage also applies to Afghans who worked with Americans and have special immigrant visas (SIVs).

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that those unable to leave before Tuesday will still have safe passage after the deadline. “Our message to those Americans is that after August 31st, we will make sure there is safe passage for any American citizen, any legal permanent resident… And yes, we will ensure the safe passage of those Afghans who helped us continue coming out after the 31st of August.”

Advisor Sullivan maintained that the U.S. has considerable leverage by which to hold the Taliban to their commitment.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Advisor Sullivan as he works with the president on national security.
  • For Secretary of State Blinken as he coordinates with allies in the region to apply leverage on the Taliban.
  • That the Taliban show themselves to be responsible leaders of the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by holding to their agreement.

Sources: One America News, CNN


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