World leaders are preparing for an emergency G7 meeting on Afghanistan


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Members of the UK Armed Forces continue to take part in the evacuation of authorized personnel from Kabul airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 19 to 22 August 2021, in this photograph obtained by Reuters on 23 August 2021.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host an emergency meeting of G-7 leaders on Tuesday to address the chaotic situation in Afghanistan and what their next moves will be.

G-7 countries-UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan-will try to formulate a plan for the near future and the future as thousands of Afghan refugees gather around Kabul airport trying to get out of the countries and as countries perform one of the biggest airlines in history to get their citizens out.

The virtual meeting will take place in the context of a turbulent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in which Taliban forces took control of the country approximately 10 days after the capitulation of the Afghan army and government.

He is also arriving just one week before the US deadline of August 31 for the complete withdrawal of his forces from Afghanistan. Johnson is expected to ask Washington to extend that deadline, something President Joe Biden has been openly considering. But the Taliban said they would not accept the extension.

“It’s a red line. President Biden has announced he will withdraw all his military forces on August 31,” said Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen. said Sky News At Monday. “So if they extend it, it means they’re expanding the profession, and there’s no need for that.”

The UK intends to keep its approximately 1,000 armed members in Afghanistan until all its citizens and Afghan nationals who worked for its forces are evacuated, and does not have a fixed withdrawal date as the US does. But there are fears that without U.S. forces on the ground, they will not be able to carry out a safe evacuation.

“If the US or the UK were to ask for additional time to continue the evacuation, the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” the Taliban added.

Several Afghan forces and civilians were killed in fighting with militants and a desperate attempt to escape from a country now under Taliban rule; some tried to grab a U.S. evacuation plane that took off from Kabul International Airport.

The U.S. government says it has evacuated or facilitated the evacuation of approximately 48,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, but admitted Monday that it does not know how many more Americans remain in the country.

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