WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned Afghanistan on Tuesday and introduced a digital summit of the G7 leaders on the disaster, the White Home mentioned.
“They agreed to carry a digital G7 leaders’ assembly subsequent week to debate a typical technique and method,” the White Home mentioned in an announcement.
This was the primary telephone name between Biden and a international chief because the startling weekend takeover by the Taliban of Kabul, prompting a panicky operation to withdraw ultimate US and allied personnel from town’s airport.
The sudden Taliban victory has sparked fears of a large-scale humanitarian disaster each in Afghanistan and probably involving waves of refugees in search of asylum overseas, together with in western Europe.
Biden — extensively criticized for the shortage of preparation in getting hundreds of individuals airlifted to security — and Johnson “mentioned the necessity for continued shut coordination amongst allies and democratic companions on Afghanistan coverage going ahead,” the assertion mentioned.
This consists of “methods the worldwide group can present additional humanitarian help and assist for refugees and different weak Afghans.”
In London, a Downing Road spokesman mentioned the 2 leaders welcomed US-British cooperation within the ongoing evacuation effort.
“They resolved to proceed working intently collectively on this within the days and weeks forward to permit as many individuals as attainable to go away the nation,” an announcement mentioned.
“The prime minister and President Biden agreed on the necessity for the worldwide group to come back collectively to stop a humanitarian disaster,” the assertion mentioned.
It mentioned that Johnson additionally “burdened the significance of not dropping the positive aspects made in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.”
The G7, which Britain heads this 12 months, includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and america.