Boris expected to recall MPs early to discuss the worsening crisis in Afghanistan


PM Boris Johnson has spoken to the NATO Secretary General and the UN Secretary about the current situation in Afghanistan.

On Sunday the Prime Minister spoke to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the UN Secretary General António Guterres about the current situation in Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters have now seized the presidential palace in Kabul, sending President Ashraf Ghani fleeing.

Twenty provincial capitals have now fallen to the Taliban in less than two weeks and photos have emerged of hundreds of Taliban fighters flooding into the capital Kabul as citizens scramble to escape to the airport.

The Prime Minister has emphasised the need for a coordinated and concerted effort from the international community in the coming months to tackle the extremist threat and address the humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan.

He stressed the importance of any recognition of a new Afghan Government happening on a joint, rather than unilateral, basis.

The Prime Minister called for meetings of NATO’s North Atlantic Council and the UN Security Council to take place as soon as possible to enable high-level international discussions on these issues.

US President Joe Biden has been facing furious criticism over his decision to pull all US troops from Afghanistan.

Footage of Biden has surfaced of him dismissing the possibility of a Taliban takeover reemerging after the fall of Kabul leading to a fresh backlash.

Only last week said he did not regret his decision to remove all US troops from Afghanistan despite concerns of Taliban insurgents reclaiming powers.

Following the fall of Kabul into the hands of the militants yesterday (Sunday), footage of the US President repeatedly claiming a takeover was “not inevitable” re-emerged, fuelling further criticism of the Biden Administration.

In the video from July 8, the US President is asked whether the Taliban seizing power was “inevitable”, to which Mr Biden said: “No, it is not.”

Biden continued: “Because the Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped, as well as food as any army in the world, troops and an Air Force, against something like 75,00 Taliban. It is not inevitable.”

The UK defence secretary Ben Wallace criticised the US decision to leave Afghanistan as a “mistake” that handed the Taliban “momentum.”

Speaking to Sky News, Ben Wallace warned that “the international community will probably pay the consequences” and said he was worried al-Qaida would regain a base in Afghanistan.

Wallace said the withdrawal agreement negotiated in Doha, Qatar was a “rotten deal” which the UK tried to resist.

He said the UK had no choice but to agree pulling British troops out after the US, because the international community had to act together.

“When the United States as the framework nation took that decision, the way we were all configured meant that we had to leave,” Wallace said.

Wallace’s comments echoed those of Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, who said the country was being turned into ‘a breeding ground’ for future terror attacks less than a month before the anniversary of 9/11. 

“It looks at best naïve and at worst ignorant,” Pompeo told Fox News, blaming Joe Biden for the chaotic withdrawal. 

“Weakness begets war, and you see what weak leadership ultimately leads to,” he added.

A Downing Street source confirmed Boris Johnson is expected to look to recall MPs early from their summer recess to discuss the worsening crisis in Afghanistan.

Parliament will likely sit between 9.30am until 2.30pm on Wednesday.

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