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No extension to Aug 31 Kabul evacuation deadline at G7 talks, says Merkel

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BERLIN, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Talks between leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations on Afghanistan did not lead to an extension of the Aug. 31 deadline for evacuations from Kabul, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

“The conference has not resulted in new dates (on the end of the evacuation mission),” Merkel told reporters after the virtual meeting of leaders.

She added that there were intensive discussions on whether a civilian-operated airport could be used after that deadline and that Germany was ready to work with countries neighboring Afghanistan, such as Pakistan and Iran, to help refugees.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Madeline Chambers)

Photo  A handout photo made available by the German Federal Government shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during a virtual G7 meeting on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, in Berlin, Germany, 24 August 2021. EPA-EFE/Guido Bergmann / GERMAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HANDOUT