Taliban should not be recognized as Afghanistan’s government: Boris Johnson

In a statement British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, countries across the globe should not recognise the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan saying, it was clear that there would be a new administration in the country shortly.

“We don’t want anybody bilaterally recognising the Taliban,” said Johnson in an interview while  urging Western governments to collaborate using international mechanisms such as NATO and the United Nations.

“We want a united position amongst all the like-minded as far as we can get one so that we do whatever we can to prevent Afghanistan lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terror,” said Johnson.

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country.

Pakistan-backed Taliban insurgents have taken over Kabul.

In a statement the U.S. Embassy said, Kabul’s airport, where diplomats, officials and other Afghans had fled, had come under fire.

“The (UK) ambassador is working round the clock, has been there at the airport to help process the applications,” said Johnson.

When asked whether he would have expected the country to fall to the Taliban so quickly, he replied:

“I think it’s fair to say that the U.S. decision to pull out has accelerated things.”

In a separate statement, Russia said, it does not yet recognise the Taliban insurgents as Afghanistan’s new lawful authority, reported Russia’s RIA state news agency.



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