Taliban spokesman warns “we will not extend the deadline,” Biden now says more time is not necessary

Tuesday, CNN reported Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said during a press conference “The Afghans leaving, we are not going to allow that, and we are not even happy about it.”

Mujahid said doctors and academics “should not leave this country. They should work in their own specialists.”

“They should not go to other countries, to those Western countries,” he added.

Mujahid also warned the August 31st deadline for evacuations would to be extended.

“[The Americans] have the opportunity. They have all the resources. They can take all the people that belong to them. But we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline,” Mujahid declared.

Per The Hill “Biden had been considering pushing back the deadline for evacuation purposes but announced Tuesday that the timetable would remain as is.”

They also reported:

Biden will accept a recommendation from Pentagon officials that more time is not necessary to evacuate American citizens and civilians from the country. Biden has asked for contingency plans should the situation change and more time is needed, the White House said in a statement.

Biden held a virtual call on Tuesday morning with other Group of Seven leaders, some of whom had advocated for the president to extend the mission into September so vulnerable Afghans could be safely evacuated.

But the White House said Biden conveyed to those leaders that the mission is “currently on pace to finish by August 31st.”