Britain will cooperate with the Taliban if necessary – Johnson
According to Boris Johnson, the situation at Kabul airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans have gathered, is improving.Johnson declared London’s readiness to cooperate with the Taliban / photo by REUTERS
The United Kingdom will, if necessary, cooperate with the Taliban , which has seized power in Afghanistan.
This was stated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writes Reuters .
“I want to assure people that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution for Afghanistan, cooperation with the Taliban, will certainly continue, if necessary,” Johnson said.
According to him, the situation at Kabul airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans have gathered who want to leave the country, is improving.
It is noted that the British government has evacuated 1,615 people since Saturday, including 399 British citizens, 320 embassy staff and 402 Afghans.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan
- On August 15, the Taliban announced the seizure of the entire territory of Afghanistan , including the capital – Kabul.
- Afghan Interior Minister Abdul Satar Mirzakwal said in a video message that the capital would be handed over to the Taliban peacefully .
- It has also become known that Taliban representatives will discuss preparations for a change of government at the presidential palace in Kabul. Also on August 15, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and flew to Tajikistan. On August 18, it became known that Ghana and his family are in the United Arab Emirates.
- On August 19, the Taliban proclaimed a new state in its territory, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
- Taliban officials have announced a general amnesty in the country and said they intend to maintain peaceful relations with all countries. They also promised that women would be given rights, but “within the framework of Islam.” However, the Taliban’s rise to power provoked panic and the flight of people from the country. Many remember the brutal rule of the Taliban in the 1990s, when society was subject to an extremely harsh Sharia regime.
- Ukraine evacuated 79 citizens from Afghanistan from six countries – Ukraine, Afghanistan, Belarus, the Netherlands, Croatia and Tajikistan.
- As of the evening of August 17, 153 Ukrainian citizens of Ukrainian descent wanted to leave Afghanistan. On August 18, a plane to evacuate Ukrainians from Afghanistan was unable to land in Kabul . There is currently no safe corridor for access to Kabul Airport, where the situation remains partially out of control.
Author: Alexander Topchiy