Boris and Pakistani PM Imran Khan vow to work together to avoid humanitarian disaster

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The Prime Minister has spoken to Pakistani Prime Minister Khan this afternoon about the situation in Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister stressed his commitment to work with international partners to avoid a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and the wider region.

The Prime Minister underlined that any recognition of the new government in Afghanistan to happen on an international, not unilateral basis. He said that any the legitimacy of any future Taliban government will be subject to them upholding internationally agreed standards on human rights and inclusivity.

The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Khan agreed their governments will keep in close contact in the coming days on the evolving situation.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said Western partners would also look at imposing sanctions and withholding aid if the Taliban failed to uphold human rights or allowed the country to become a base for terrorism again. Mr Raab stated:

“It is not what we wanted.

“But we have to deal with a new reality, we’re making it clear with our partners, with all the means at our disposal, that we will hold the Taliban to account to its commitments to have a new start in Afghanistan.”

The British Foreign Secretary added everyone had been surprised by the scale and speed of the takeover and British troops were now working to bring home British nationals and those Afghan citizens who had worked for the British army there.

The UK had initially committed 600 soldiers to help the evacuation but that has now been increased to 900 in Kabul.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his intention to host a virtual meeting of G7 leaders on Afghanistan in the coming days.

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