US President Joe Biden has not spoken to any of his fellow world leaders since Kabul fell to the Taliban, the White House said Tuesday.
“He has not yet spoken to other world leaders,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters.
“Myself, Secretary (Antony) Blinken, several other senior members of the team have been in regular contact with foreign colleagues and we intend to do so in the coming days,” he added.
The sudden struggle to get foreigners out of Afghanistan after the Taliban victory caught the White House unprepared and raised concerns in Europe about a potential for mass refugee arrivals.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the government is currently focusing on the tense evacuation process for thousands of Americans and Afghan allies from Kabul, which is under complete Taliban control.
That means “coordination at a lower level than leaders and heads of state,” she said.
“If it’s an advantage for the president to pick up the phone and call world leaders, he certainly will and I expect he will in the coming days.”
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