UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has demanded that the Taliban guarantee safe passage for anyone wishing to leave Afghanistan. Following US President Joe Biden’s resistance to pressure to extend the timeline for American troops to withdraw beyond August 31st, Johnson said that leaders have now agreed upon a joint approach to dealing with evacuees. This comes after a virtual G7 summit, with a roadmap allegedly being on the way to engage with Taliban militants.
Johnson has said that despite G7 leaders agreeing to future engagement with Taliban, they cannot let Afghanistan to ‘lurch back’ into a terrorist breeding ground. Girls must still receive an education up until the age of 18 and the safe passage of evacuees beyond 31st August is the G7’s number one priority. Despite the deadline and Taliban warning consequences for those attempting leave afterwards, Johnson believes the tight deadline can be worked with.
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