US, UK agree to hold online G7 Summit on Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to hold an online summit of G7 leaders dedicated to the situation in Afghanistan next week in a phone conversation on Tuesday, the White House press service reported.
“They agreed to hold a virtual G7 leaders’ meeting next week to discuss a common strategy and approach,” the statement said, TASS reported.

“They commended the bravery and professionalism of their military and civilian personnel, who are working shoulder to shoulder in Kabul on the evacuation of their citizens and Afghan nationals who assisted in the war effort.

They also 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,” the White House press service added.

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan on the pretext of the so-called war on terror removed the Taliban from power 20 years ago, but it worsened the security situation in the country.

The Taliban recently intensified offensives and rapidly overran major cities after Biden ordered a hasty withdrawal of American forces by September 1.

The group laid siege to Kabul on Sunday, forcing the sitting Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to flee the country. Ghani, whose current whereabouts are unknown, left Afghanistan when the Taliban entered Kabul virtually unopposed.

The unfolding events led to chaos and confusion, with thousands of Afghan civilians and diplomats swarming the Kabul airport to take evacuation flights.

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