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UK PM Boris Johnson to convene G7 meeting for urgent talks on Afghanistan situation today

Leaders of the G7 will meet through video conferencing today to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

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Washington Updated on: August 24, 2021 7:51 IST
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UK PM Boris Johnson to convene G7 meeting for urgent talks on Afghanistan situation today

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to call on the Group of Seven (G7) leaders to step up their support for the Afghan people at the group's emergency meeting on Afghanistan. Johnson is reconvening the leaders for crisis talks on Afghanistan amid widespread unhappiness about Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Complaints have come from Britain, France, Germany and others in the G-7, which includes only one non-NATO member, Japan.

On Sunday, Johnson had taken to Twitter to make the announcement. "I will convene G7 leaders on Tuesday for urgent talks on the situation in Afghanistan. It is vital that the international community works together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people to secure the gains of the last 20 years", he had tweeted.

Leaders of the G7 will meet through video conferencing today to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. British prime minister will chair the meeting and is expected to ask the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US to match the UK's commitment to relocate 20,000 Afghan refugees and contribute USD 392 million in humanitarian aid amid the crisis in the region.

"Our first priority is to complete the evacuation of our citizens and those Afghans who have assisted our efforts over the last 20 years - but as we look ahead to the next phase, it's vital we come together as an international community and agree a joint approach for the longer term," said Johnson ahead of the meeting.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also set to participate in Tuesday's G7 meeting on Afghanistan. "The Secretary-General has been invited to participate in the G7 special virtual summit on Afghanistan," the United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.

"His message will be focused on the need for unity in the international community as we keep the interests of the Afghan people front and center."

Besides G7, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK's Minister for Human Rights, and the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, will virtually address the UN Human Rights Council and hold urgent discussions with humanitarian partners about the situation in Afghanistan.

The UK's Minister for Human Rights will make a statement on Tuesday morning at an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council focusing on Afghanistan.

The Taliban entered Kabul last week after a lightning offensive which resulted in the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani government. Since the Taliban's ascent to power, thousands of Afghans are seeking to exit the country for fear of reprisals from the terrorist group.

Afghanistan's burgeoning refugee crisis, the collapse of its government and fears of a resurgence in Afghan-based terrorism have left the G-7 allies scrambling and threaten the unity of the bloc.

(Agency Inputs)

Also Read: Around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance: UNICEF

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