Reuters has this roundup of how things stand as we await the outcome of the G7 virtual summit:
Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers said they wanted all foreign evacuations from the country completed by an 31 August deadline and they would not agree to an extension.
The hardline Islamist group sought to assure the thousands of Afghans crowded into Kabul airport in the hope of boarding flights they had nothing to fear and should go home.
“We guarantee their security,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference in the capital, which Taliban fighters seized on 15 August.
As he spoke, Western troops were working frantically to get foreigners and Afghans onto planes and out of the country.
Joe Biden faced growing pressure to negotiate more time for the airlift.
Chaos punctuated by sporadic violence has gripped the airport following the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country.
Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – were due to meet virtually later on Tuesday to discuss the crisis.
The CIA director, William Burns, met the Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday, two US sources told Reuters.
The Taliban’s Mujahid said the group had not agreed to an extension of the deadline and it wanted all foreign evacuations to be completed by 31 August.
He also called on the United States not to encourage Afghan people to leave their homeland.
The Taliban wanted to resolve the situation through dialogue, he said, and he urged foreign embassies not to close or stop work.
“We have assured them of security,” he said.
Countries that have evacuated nearly 60,000 people over the past 10 days were trying to meet the deadline agreed earlier with the Taliban for the withdrawal of foreign forces, a Nato diplomat told Reuters.