virtual G7 summit over Afghanistan: The sudden Taliban victory has provoked fears of a large-scale humanitarian crisis with waves of refugees seeking refuge in Afghanistan and abroad, including in Western Europe.
The White House said on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed Afghanistan and announced a virtual summit of G7 leaders on the crisis.
“They agreed to hold a virtual G7 leaders’ meeting next week to discuss a common strategy and policy,” the White House said in a statement.
It was the first phone call between Biden and a foreign leader since Taraba was captured by Kabul, prompting a panic move to withdraw the final U.S. and allied personnel from the city’s airport.
The sudden Taliban victory has provoked fears of a large-scale humanitarian crisis with waves of refugees seeking refuge in Afghanistan and abroad, including in Western Europe.
Biden has been widely criticized for not being prepared to evacuate thousands – and Johnson “discussed the need for continued close coordination between allies and democratic partners.”
It includes “ways in which the world community can provide more humanitarian assistance and assistance to refugees and other vulnerable Afghans.”
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In London, a Downing Street spokesman said the two leaders welcomed US-British cooperation in the ongoing evacuation effort.
“They have decided to continue working together in the coming days and weeks so that as many people as possible can leave the country,” a statement said.
“Prime Minister and President Biden agreed on the need for the world community to come together to avert a humanitarian crisis,” the statement said.
Johnson also “emphasized the importance of not losing the gains made in Afghanistan over the last twenty years.”
The G7, which is headed by Britain this year, includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States.