Boris Johnson plans G7 meetings to discuss Afghan crisis

Source : 112 Ukraine

The British PM has discussed the cooperation on Afghanistan with the French president
08:04, 17 August 2021


Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson plans to hold a virtual meeting of G7 leaders to discuss the sharpening of the situation in Afghanistan and he will activate efforts on the evacuation of citizens of the UK and other countries from Kabul as Voice of America reported.

Boris Johnson has held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to agree on the joint work of two countries. The aim of the talks is the recognition of the future Afghan government and the attempt to prevent humanitarian and migration crises.

It is expected that the G7 teleconference will take place soon. Two leaders have also agreed that their countries should work together at the UN Security Council, including the possible joint resolution.

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UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the Western partners will also consider the sanctions and cease of aid to Afghanistan if the Taliban does not provide observance of human rights and will allow the country to become the base for terrorism.

“It is not the things we wanted. But we have to deal with the new reality. We make it clear to our partners, using all means that we will demand from Taliban the observation of its commitments,” Raab said.

According to him, everyone was surprised by the scale and speed of the seizing of the country. Currently, the British military work to take all British citizens and Afghan people, who cooperated with them from Afghanistan.

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Initially, London sent 600 military for evacuation; however, the number was increased up to 900.

The Ministry of Defence of the UK stated that extra forces will be deployed in the region and they can be quickly relocated to Afghanistan in case of necessity. Besides, the readiness will be provided for the urgent deployment of forces from the UK for holding defensive tasks.

The Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos is observed.

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On Sunday, Taliban militants stated to take control over the whole territory of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country a few hours after the radical Taliban entered Kabul.

As we reported, militants of the radical Taliban entered the presidential palace and took it under their control.

Taliban militants held an offensive amid the withdrawal of the American forces from Afghanistan.

In May 2021, the final phase of ending America's "forever war" in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began on May 1, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer.

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