Boris Johnson will personally plead with Joe Biden to increase a deadline for US troops leaving Afghanistan to permit extra folks to flee the reign of terror of the Taliban.
And forward of the summit, Mr Biden signalled he might be keen to bow to calls for for an extension, revealing discussions had been already beneath manner and saying he would inform the G7: “We are going to see what we are able to do.”
After the Ministry of Defence revealed that seven folks died within the crush on the airport over the weekend, taking the whole airport dying toll to twenty, Mr Johnson introduced that the summit deliberate since final week would happen on Tuesday.
And in a transfer clearly supposed to exert strain on Mr Biden, the prime minister – who presently chairs the G7 – positioned the evacuation chaos and stopping a humanitarian disaster on the high of agenda for the video-link summit.
“It is important that the worldwide group works collectively to make sure protected evacuations, stop a humanitarian disaster and help the Afghan folks to safe the positive aspects of the final 20 years,” Mr Johnson tweeted.
Minutes later the president’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, mentioned: “The leaders will talk about persevering with our shut co-ordination of Afghanistan coverage and evacuating our residents, the courageous Afghans who stood with us over the past 20 years and different susceptible Afghans.
“They will even talk about plans to supply humanitarian help and help for Afghan refugees.”
Later, at a White Home information convention, the president urged he could also be able to bow to strain from Mr Johnson and different world leaders resembling Germany’s Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France to again down.
Requested about extending the 31 August deadline, Mr Biden mentioned: “There are discussions occurring about extending. Our hope is that we do not have to increase, however there are discussions occurring about how far we’re.
Requested what he would inform G7 leaders urgent for an extension, he mentioned: “I’ll inform them ‘We are going to see what we are able to do’.”
And requested if he had mentioned delaying the withdrawal of troops with the Taliban, Mr Biden mentioned: “Clearly we have mentioned loads with the Taliban.
“They’ve been co-operative in in extending a few of the perimeter (of the airport). It stays to be seen whether or not we ask that query.”
Earlier, Armed Forces minister James Heappey advised Sky Information that requests for a delay had been raised by each Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace with their US counterparts.
The MoD additionally introduced that greater than 1,720 folks had been airlifted from Kabul by the RAF over the weekend on eight flights, taking the whole to five,725 for the reason that airlift started.
The Instances is reporting that Britain is to step up the mass evacuation of British and Afghan residents from Afghanistan this week in plans to fly an additional 6,000 folks from the chaos in Kabul.
However forward of the G7 talks, Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has written to the prime minister asking what he has carried out to safe extra time for UK troops to evacuate Britons and eligible Afghans out of Kabul.
Claiming there are “too many unanswered questions” remaining concerning the rescue mission in Afghanistan because the deadline approaches for US withdrawal on 31 August, Sir Keir has posed seven questions.
“Correct planning for the approaching days will be sure that nobody to whom we owe a lot will likely be left behind,” the Labour chief writes.
He asks whether or not the prime minister has spoken personally to President Biden to ask him to increase the evacuation interval and whether or not the UK was amongst these at a NATO international ministers’ assembly on Friday that pressed for an extension.
He additionally asks whether or not the UK authorities is working with NATO allies “to carry Kabul airport with out US troops” ought to it grow to be obligatory within the occasion Washington pulls its armed forces personnel out earlier than efforts are over.
Responding to Sir Keir, a authorities spokeswoman mentioned: “We’re doing all we are able to to get as many individuals out of Afghanistan as doable together with British nationals, our Afghan workers and others.
“Since Sunday we’ve got evacuated greater than 5,000 folks and these life-saving efforts proceed.
“The prime minister has been clear a co-ordinated and concerted worldwide effort is required.
“We’re in shut contact with our Commonwealth and NATO companions to facilitate swift evacuations and have set out that there isn’t a time restrict to the resettlement programme.”