G leaders will discuss the crisis in Afghanistan at a virtual summit on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday, a week after the Taliban returned to power.
“The international community must work together to ensure safe expansion, prevent a humanitarian crisis and ensure the success of the Afghan people over the past 20 years,” Johnson tweeted.
Britain is currently chairing a wealth of nations consisting of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, and Johnson has been pushing for a meeting for the past week.
Western allies have come under fire for tackling the crisis in Afghanistan as thousands of Afghans and foreigners try to flee Kabul after the Taliban return to power.
After a virtual meeting on Thursday, G7 foreign ministers called for the Taliban to provide a safe passage for those trying to flee the capital, the bloc’s first official statement on the crisis.
In June, the G-7 held its first private meeting in almost two years in Cornwall, southwest England, as the coronavirus and China’s growing resilience dominated the agenda.
Since then, the Taliban have launched a national offensive and occupied most of Afghanistan in a matter of weeks, much to the surprise of Western nations, when the United States and its allies withdrew from their two decades of military involvement there.
The United States, which has temporarily sent thousands of troops to secure the airport and help evacuate its citizens and their Afghan helpers, has set a deadline of August 31 to end air travel.
However, allies, including the UK, have suggested that they would support extending the deadline, an issue that will likely be specifically discussed in Tuesday’s talks.
Johnson’s office said the British leader had also spoken to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday about the crisis as the Taliban focused on forming a government in Kabul.
“Leaders have expressed the view that any new government must represent the different populations of Afghanistan and protect the rights of women and minorities, and that the Taliban will be judged for their actions, not for their words,” she said. Summary of their conversation on the street.
“They agreed that countries are committed to helping and sharing the burden of refugees, and noted that UN coordination will be important for that effort,” he added.
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