The meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with U.S. President Joe Biden was postponed on the U.S. request due to the expiration of time of the ultimatum of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan on the evacuation of the foreigners from Kabul Airport as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Spokesperson of the President Serhiy Nikiforov.
“The postponement of the meeting of Zelensky and Biden from August 31 to September 1 is confirmed by the President’s Office. It is tied with the U.S. request. On August 31, the ultimatum of Taliban expires – the term for evacuation of foreign citizens from the Kabul Airport – the time provided by the Taliban. The American side has asked to postpone our visit for one more day due to it – and dedicate the whole day to the topic important for the American side,” Nikiforov said.
Spokesperson added that Ukraine treats this situation with full understanding.
“Concerning other meetings of Zelensky in the U.S. – some of them will take place earlier than it was planned; some – later. The program has completely changed but it does not mean that something is missing,” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that the U.S. expects the visit of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington on August 30. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak arrived in the U.S. to prepare for the upcoming visit of Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States.
Later, it was specified that the meeting of the presidents is postponed on August 31. On August 29, the White House stated that the meeting of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and American leader Joe Biden will take place on September 1. The presidents will sign a number of defense partnership agreements.