The United Kingdom calls the meeting and proposes that the United States extend the evacuation period in Kabul
International meetings to address the conflict in Afghanistan after the arrival of the Taliban to power continue to take place. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has convened for next Tuesday the
G7 leaders (United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy and Japan) to analyze the situation together.
In principle, the meeting will be held virtually. “It is vital that the international community work together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and help the Afghan people protect the progress of the last 20 years,” Johnson said this Sunday through his Twitter account.
The United Kingdom currently holds the presidency of the “group of 7” and until last week had not been able to agree with the US administration of Joe Biden on the need to convene the meeting that will finally take place on Tuesday. Precisely, the United States and its allies have been
harshly criticized in recent days due to the management of the crisis and the chaos that is being experienced in the Kabul airport, with thousands of terrified Afghans trying to flee the country.
In fact, the United Kingdom has been pressing for days to agree an extension in the evacuation deadlines that the United States has planned for August 31. An issue that is expected to be part of the conversations at Tuesday’s meeting.
Already last week, the G7 foreign ministers urged the Taliban to guarantee “the free passage of foreigners and Afghans” who wanted to leave the country. But in view of events, that is not happening.
In fact, the Taliban have blamed the United States on Sunday for the prevailing chaos at the Kabul airport, where there have already been deaths. “There is peace and order throughout the country, but there is chaos only at Kabul airport,” said Amir Khan Mutaqi, a Taliban leader, warning that “this must stop as quickly as possible.”
Following the criticism, the Pentagon has issued a statement announcing that the country has activated the so-called Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), with commercial aircraft, to assist in the transfer of people arriving at US bases. in the Middle East.
18 civil aircraft from American Airlines, Atlas, Delta, Omni, Hawaiian and United they will assist dozens of military cargo ships participating in the evacuation, according to the statement.
Rather than going in and out of the capital, the planes will transport people from American bases in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to European countries and, in many cases, to the United States.