UK Germany, Netherlands agree on common G7 approach on Taliban

In a statement British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed the situation in Afghanistan and agreed on the need for a common approach by the G7 as well as international aid for the future government of Afghanistan.

“The Prime Minister and Chancellor resolved to work, alongside the rest of the G7, to put in place the roadmap on dealing with any new Afghan government discussed at last week’s leaders’ meeting,” said Johnson’s office in a statement. “The Prime Minister stressed that any recognition and engagement with the Taliban must be conditional on them allowing safe passage for those who want to leave the country and respecting human rights”.

Merkel also spoke to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

In a statement Merkel’s office said, Merkel, Johnson and Rutte agreed that organizing the departure of nationals, local support staff and Afghans was a top priority.

“The Chancellor and the Prime Ministers also discussed possible political and diplomatic options with regard to the departure of diplomatic staff, necessary due to the security situation,” said a German government spokesperson.

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