Saturday, June 25

G7 leaders meet to assess the situation in Afghanistan


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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The G7 leaders (United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States) are summoned to a meeting this Tuesday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan after the victory of the Taliban.

“It is vital that the international community work together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people to ensure the achievements of the last 20 years“said Boris Johnson on his Twitter account.

In a statement issued shortly thereafter, the White House confirmed the meeting, in which “Leaders will discuss continuing our close coordination on Afghanistan policy and the evacuation of our citizens, the brave Afghans who were with us for the past two decades and other vulnerable Afghans. ”

“They will also discuss plans to provide humanitarian assistance and support for Afghan refugees“, adds the note.

In recent hours, the United Kingdom has asked the United States to extend the evacuation period in the Afghan capital, Kabul, given the inability to complete the task before the end date of the US troop withdrawal August 31st.

Defense Minister Ben Wallace and Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, have started talks with the US authorities to extend the term of attention to the Afghan population, collaborators and personnel amid the chaos and panic at the Kabul airport.

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The 900 British military will not be able to continue in Kabul without the backing of the 6,000 American soldiers involved in evacuation tasks, as understood by the British Government.

In this sense, Wallace indicated this same Sunday that “no country is going to be able to get everyone out in time“If the calendar set by the United States is maintained until the end,” he added, “there is no time to lose to get as many people out of there as possible who are waiting.”

International meetings

Similarly, the situation in Afghanistan will focus discussions during the upcoming summits of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), as advanced this Sunday by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in comments collected by the official Russian news agency Sputnik.

“The virtual CSTO summit that will take place tomorrow (on Monday); and another, already in person, that will take place in September, and the SCO summit will be largely dedicated to the security of member countries in the context of events in and around Afghanistan, “Lavrov explained during a meeting with senior officials from the United Russia party, accompanied by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) currently includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, while the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) today it includes eight nations: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It should be noted that Afghanistan is an observer member of the latter.

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