UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging world leaders at a virtual G-7 meeting to increase support for refugees fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan. Prior to the meeting, Johnson said the first priority should be “to complete the evacuation of our citizens and those Afghans who have assisted in our efforts over the past 20 years.”
According to reports, the UK PM will chair the G-7 leaders meeting on Tuesday, 24 August, afternoon. “As we look forward to the next phase, it is important that we come together as an international community and agree on a joint vision for the long term,” he said. Johnson will also ask US President Joe Biden to extend the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of troops from the war-torn country.
The UK, France and Germany have all raised the prospect of continuing the airlift of US forces until the end of August, and reports suggest Mr Biden will decide within the next 24 hours whether to push back the deadline. Meanwhile, the Taliban have said any extension would be a “clear violation” of an agreed deal. More than 7,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul by RAF flights since 13 August, but UK ministers have made it clear that British forces cannot stay in Kabul after the Americans leave.