The British prime minister defends that the recognition of the new government of Kabul must be done “on international and not unilateral bases”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to organize a virtual meeting of the leaders of the Group of Seven to coordinate the actions of the rich and democratic countries in the face of the situation in Afghanistan. The initiative is revealed in the published notes of the telephone conversations he has had with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Johnson spoke with his European colleagues about the need to coordinate to avoid a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, which could generate a huge wave of migration to Europe. The vehicle to achieve this would be to maintain the demand that a unity government be formed in Kabul, with an end to violence and respect for human rights, including those of women.
That demand was included in the last G7 communiqué in June, it is mentioned in the brief joint declaration of 98 countries, on Sunday, and in the note unanimously agreed in the UN Security Council, on Monday. But in none of the texts is it explicitly mentioned that these characteristics are the conditions for the new government to be recognized.
Between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban government was only recognized by three countries: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. Johnson spoke with Imran Khan, the head of government in Islamabad, on Tuesday. “The Prime Minister stressed that any recognition of the new Government of Afghanistan will be on an international basis and not unilateral,” says the note on the conversation held by Johnson with Merkel and Macron,
Although the Afghan crisis surprised Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on a Cretan beach, from where he returned only on Sunday, London is now rushing to use its diplomatic resources. Johnson told Macron that he will convene the G7 in the next few days. To Merkel, who will be “as soon as possible.” You may have to wait for Joe Biden to get back to work from Camp David.