G-7 Leaders Meet To Press Biden On Afghanistan Deadline

FILE - In this Friday, June 11, 2021 file photo, leaders of the G7 pose during a group photo at the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England. When U.S. President Joe Biden took office early this year, Western allies were falling over themselves to welcome and praise him and hail a new era in trans-Atlantic cooperation. The collapse of Kabul certainly put a stop to that. Even some of his biggest fans are now churning out criticism. (Phil Noble, Pool Photo via AP, File)

(AP) — President Joe Biden and fellow Group of 7 leaders met virtually on Tuesday as leaders of some of the major industrialized democracies were expected to press Biden to extend the U.S military presence in Afghanistan beyond the Aug. 31 evacuation deadline. The meeting comes amid widespread unhappiness among some of the U.S. closest allies about Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Complaints have come from Britain, France, Germany and others in the G-7. Ahead of the meeting, British defense secretary Ben Wallace said he was doubtful that Biden would agree to extend the deadline.

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