Amid the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, G-7 leaders on Tuesday failed to reverse the stance of US President Joe Biden not extending the deadline for the evacuation of people from the war-torn country. At the same time, partly in solidarity, the G-7 leaders agreed to accept future talks and recognition with the Taliban-led Afghan government on conditions.
However, there was clear dismay at Biden’s failure to persuade Biden to expand the US operation at Kabul airport to ensure the safe evacuation of thousands of Americans, citizens of European and other countries and Afghans at all risk. The leaders of the G-7 group said in a joint statement after a digital emergency meeting on Tuesday that the safe evacuation of foreigners and Afghan partners from Afghanistan remains an urgent priority. The leaders insisted that they would judge the Afghan side by his actions, not his words.
“We reaffirm that the Taliban will be held accountable for actions taken to prevent terrorism, in particular for the human rights of women, girls and minorities,” the leaders said. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin, ‘I want to emphasize again that America certainly has the leadership here. We and other countries cannot continue the evacuation operation without America.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to continue the effort, admitting that he failed to persuade Biden to extend the deadline for the evacuation operation. On the other hand, a senior French official said on condition of anonymity that President Emmanuel Macron had pushed for an extension of the August 31 deadline. However, he will accept the American decision as it is in America’s hands.
Soon after the G-7 leaders’ meeting, White House officials confirmed that President Joe Biden has decided not to extend the August 31 deadline for the evacuation of American and allied Afghan citizens from Afghanistan. The ‘G-7’ group includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US and the UK.
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