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Afghanistan crisis: G7 to meet virtually on Tuesday to discuss coordination, other issues

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Washington: Leaders of the G7 nations are scheduled to meet virtually on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing Afghanistan crisis. According to sources, they are expected to take a decision on being unified in whether or not to officially recognize Taliban or issue sanctions against it.

“President Joe Biden is scheduled to virtually meet other leaders of the G7 countries on August 24. The leaders will discuss continuing our close coordination on Afghanistan policy and evacuating our citizens, the brave Afghans who stood with us over the last two decades, and other vulnerable Afghans”, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Leaders of the G7 (United States, Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Japan) will also discuss plans to provide humanitarian assistance and support to Afghan refugees, Psaki said.

The meeting will build on President Biden’s calls this week with G7 leaders Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, Psaki further said.

The Taliban’s rapid advancement and subsequent takeover of Afghanistan came as a major shock to the world. Since the takeover, there has been a mad rush at the Kabul airport which remains the only way out of the country and is currently under the US control.

The Taliban have given assurances that they will not go after people who have helped the US and other rivals of Taliban in the past. However, reports from Afghanistan suggest otherwise.

Recently, Taliban fighters went hunting for a journalist who worked for a German broadcaster. While the journalist was in Germany, they reportedly killed his relative back home.

There were also reports of the Taliban ransacking the Indian consulate offices and taking away documents and vehicles.

 

 

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