The G7 could not give a new deadline for ending the evacuation of people from Afghanistan but did set a roadmap to approach the Taliban.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries ( G7 ) had not agreed on a new deadline for ending the evacuation of people from Afghanistan, but stressed Germany was ready to do it. working with Pakistan, Iran and other neighboring countries of Afghanistan on the reception of Afghan refugees, Sputnik reported.
After the meeting, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the members of the group had agreed on a common course of action among members regarding the situation in Afghanistan.
“Today, the leaders of the G7 countries not only agreed on a common approach to the evacuation, but also set out a roadmap to approach the Taliban. The number one condition that G7 sets forth is that the Taliban must ensure ensure the safety of those who wish to leave Afghanistan between now and August 31 and beyond,” Johnson said.
Mr. Johnson also made several demands to the Taliban to ensure that Afghanistan would not become a “shack of terror” or a drug-exporting country and that girls there could be access to educational programs until the age of 18.
The Taliban is in control of the entire capital, Kabul, except for the international airport area in this city, which is currently controlled by forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO ). The force said that it would not be conducting any negotiations on extending the evacuation period. According to Sputnik, the deadline to complete the evacuation of people from Afghanistan is August 31.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the G7 must control the Kabul airport area until the evacuation is complete. Ms. Leyen called on the Taliban to ensure evacuation corridors in Afghanistan, providing safe passage for people to evacuate.
Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, European Council President Charles Michel said that the European Union (EU) is concerned about the ability of European citizens to access Kabul airport as well as citizens of other countries. Michel said the EU had urged the US and other partners to “ensure the safety of the airport area” to complete evacuation efforts.
In addition, Ms. Leyen noted that the one billion euros that the EU has supported Afghanistan will be withheld until the Taliban ensure that all conditions are met. In addition, Ms. Merkel also said that the amount of 600 million euros that Germany pledged in emergency aid to Afghanistan would be delivered through UN agencies.