Boris and Biden chat ahead of G7 meeting

Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to US President Joe Biden again this evening on the situation in Afghanistan, ahead of tomorrow’s G7 meeting.

They discussed the ongoing efforts by the UK and US to coordinate the rapid and safe evacuation of our nationals and those who previously worked with our governments from Kabul International Airport.

The leaders agreed to continue working together to ensure those who are eligible to leave are able to, including after the initial phase of the evacuation has ended.

The Prime Minister and President Biden noted the importance of concerted diplomatic engagement to secure the progress made in Afghanistan and prevent a humanitarian crisis.

They committed to driving international action, including through the G7 and UN Security Council, to stabilise the situation, support the Afghan people and work towards an inclusive and representative Afghan government.

According to reports Boris Johnson will ask US President Joe Biden at the G7 meeting for a delay in withdrawing of US forces from Afghanistan.

Announcing the G7 meeting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“It is vital that the international community works together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis, and support the Afghan people to secure the gains of the last 20 years.”

According to reports, British ministers have been pressing the US privately for days to consider delaying the withdrawal to ease the pressure on Kabul airport, where thousands of Afghans are still gathered trying to escape the Taliban.

Foreign office minister James Cleverly on Sunday night said:

“Obviously the more time that we’ve got, the more people we can evacuate – and that’s what we’re pushing for.”

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