Biden calls Boris in first foreign call after Kabul’s fall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Biden at the G7 Summit in Cornwall earlier this year. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

The Prime Minster spoke to US President Biden this evening about the current situation in Afghanistan.

The leaders welcomed US and UK cooperation in recent days to help evacuate our nationals, current and former staff, and others from Afghanistan. They resolved to continue working closely together on this in the days and weeks ahead to allow as many people as possible to leave the country.

The Prime Minister and President Biden agreed on the need for the global community to come together to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister outlined UK plans including increased humanitarian aid to the region and resettlement of refugees.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of not losing the gains made in Afghanistan over the last twenty years, of protecting ourselves against any emerging threat from terrorism and of continuing to support the people of Afghanistan.

The White House reported that the two men spoke on Tuesday and “discussed the need for continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan policy going forward, including ways the global community can provide further humanitarian assistance and support for refugees and other vulnerable Afghans.”

President Biden’s call with Prime Minister Johnson came 72 hours after the Taliban entered the Afghan capital and is his first call with a foreign counterpart and Nato ally.

The Prime Minister and President said they both looked forward to discussing this issue further at a virtual meeting of G7 leaders in the coming days.

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