U.S. President Joe Biden sent the head of the CIA head to meet the Taliban leader, as U.S. forces are scrambling to withdraw from Afghanistan.
CIA director William Burns met the de-facto leader of the Taliban on Monday, according to multiple reports in The Washington Post, NBC News and other publications. This is the highest diplomatic encounter between the U.S. and the Taliban in two decades.
The meeting took place as President Joe Biden is facing pressure over the deadline to leave Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman said on Monday that the August 31. is a “red line.” He threatened with “consequences” if U.S. forces fail to withdraw by that time.
Thousands of Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan, as the security situation unravels.
But, in a call with G7 leaders on Tuesday, international allies pleaded with Biden to extend the Kabul evacuation beyond August 31st. But, thus far, the President is sticking to his original plan.