Britain has indicated working with the Taliban government in Afghanistan. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Britain’s diplomatic efforts are on to find a solution in Afghanistan. He also said that the way to work with the Taliban is still open, if need be. Earlier, the British PM had told Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that the new government in Afghanistan should be recognized on an international basis and not unilaterally.
Option to work with Taliban open
Prime Minister Johnson said after an emergency Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBRA) meeting on Friday that difficult challenges remain to evacuate British citizens and supporters from Kabul airport, although the situation is getting better. Johnson said, “I want to reassure people that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution for Afghanistan will continue, of course, including working with the Taliban if necessary.” Our commitment to Afghanistan is enduring.
A closer look at the situation in Afghanistan
He said the situation is getting better and we are seeing stabilization at the airport. Yesterday (Thursday) we were able to evacuate around 1,000 people and today (Friday) 1,000 more people. People eligible to come to the UK are coming back to this country and many of these people are coming back under the Afghanistan Rehabilitation and Assistance Program (ARAP) including interpreters and others for whom we are grateful. This campaign will continue at a brisk pace.
Britain will test Taliban, then will decide
The British Prime Minister said that the campaign is getting faster, but I cannot pretend that it is easy. There are tough traffic challenges. Asked if he relied on the promise of liberal governance by the new Taliban regime, Johnson said, “We hope he means what he says.” However, once again I would like to say what I said in the House and I think that the President of the United States, the President of France, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, everyone I spoke to, everyone agrees that we are their Will test them according to the tasks.
PM Boris discussed with Imran Khan
PM Boris Johnson had discussed the latest situation in Afghanistan with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan two days ago. In this conversation, he had said that the new government in Afghanistan should be recognized on an international basis and not unilaterally. Let us tell you that Pakistan, China and Russia have already announced to recognize the Taliban government to be formed in Afghanistan.