Ever since the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul, the entire world is in a state of shock and despair. There have been multiple videos floating around on social media about how people are so desperate to get out of Afghanistan.
In the wake of recent developments, the White House officials have informed that US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to each other on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, and they agreed to hold a virtual G7 leaders’ meeting next week to discuss a common strategy and approach.
The official statement from the White House said that the two leaders “discussed the need for continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan policy going forward, including ways the global community can provide further humanitarian assistance and support for refugees and other vulnerable Afghans.”
This is the first time the US president talked to a foreign leader after the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital and prompting a panicky operation to withdraw the final US and allied personnel from the city’s airport.
Taliban’s victory and the change of government in Afghanistan poses the threat of large scale humanitarian crisis both in Afghanistan and possibly involving waves of refugees seeking asylum abroad, including in western Europe.
Biden’s decision to stick to the plan of the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has met with widespread criticism from Americans as well as the global community with the former president Donald Trump criticising him left right and center.
A spokesperson of the UK’s PM office said Johnson in the call with Mr Biden “stressed the importance of not losing the gains made in Afghanistan over the last 20 years, of protecting ourselves against any emerging threat from terrorism and of continuing to support the people of Afghanistan.”
G7 or the Group of Seven is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States with the UK heading the group this year. This years’ summit was held in the British city of Cornwall in June.