President Biden, G7 leaders meet to discuss Afghanistan

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. met with G7 leaders on Tuesday morning to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan.

The meeting is likely to focus on the current evacuation efforts and request to extend the August 31 deadline.

The United States has evacuated more than 63,000 people since the end of July and over 58,000 people since August 14, the Pentagon said at a briefing on Tuesday.

The G7 virtual meeting was attended Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada; President Emmanuel Macron, France; Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany; Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy; Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, Japan; President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission; President Charles Michel, European Council; Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations, and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO.

Attending with President Biden in the South Court Auditorium were Secretary Antony Blinken; National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan; Daleep Singh, Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council; Amanda Sloat, Senior Director for Europe; Sumona Guha, Senior Director for South Asia, and Andy Rabens, Director for Global Engagement and Multilateral Diplomacy.

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