Monday, 18 October 2021

Joe Biden to meet G7 leaders on Afghanistan issue

Joe Biden to meet G7 leaders on Afghanistan issue

US President Joe Biden is all set to hold a meeting with the Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Tuesday to discuss evacuation efforts in Afghanistan.

This virtual gathering will be the first forum where Biden will be speaking to America's allies about the fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, which has caused apprehension and anger amongst some of the partners.

The G7 group includes leaders from the US, the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada. Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson, who will chair the meeting, told Reuters that the meet would focus on evacuation efforts in Afghanistan and long-term plans for the nation after the US withdraws its troops by August 31.

The leaders will also be discussing safeguarding gains made in Afghanistan in the last 20 years, especially regarding girls' education and women's rights.

Economic sanctions against Taliban if they commit human rights abuses and whether to officially admit the Taliban as country's leaders will also be discussing in the meeting, diplomatic sources in the UK told Reuters.

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Biden, whose administration has come under fire for the fall of Kabul, said in a press statement that the G7 forum will help the international community to arrive at a joint approach for a longer-term.

He said.

"Our first priority is to complete the clearingg of our citizens and those Afghans who have help our efforts over last 20 years – but as we look ahead to next phase, it's essential as we came together as a international body and agreed a joint approach for longer term,"

He added.

"That's why I have called an emergency meeting of the G7 - to coordinate our response to the immediate crisis, to reaffirm our commitment to the Afghan people, and to ask our international partners to match the UK's commitments to support those in need,"

The meeting will build on Biden's calls this week to Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, told reporters on Sunday. There has been no from the White House on the difference of opinion between America and allies regarding Biden's hasty withdrawal.

France and UK both urged their American counterpart to make sure that the Afghan men and women who acted as their allies in the war in Afghanistan should be clear along with the citizens.

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