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Stunned Britain proposes G-7 summit on Afghanistan, worried about spread of terror

A worried British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed holding a G7 online summit over the Afghan situation (Photo: IANS)

As the Taliban takes over Kabul and declares "war over" in Afghanistan, a sense of disbelief dawns on the UK. It has called for a G7 online meet to discuss the fallout of the mind boggling developments in Afghanistan.

In one of his initial statements, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that no government should bilaterally recognise the Taliban. He also called upon the Western countries and allies to get together to frame a united strategy.

The UK is, like most other countries in South Asia and Central Asia, worried whether terrorism will replenish itself in the landlocked country and spread out into neighbouring lands.

Reuters quoted Johnson as saying on Monday: "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".

With many NATO nations looking at what went wrong in their assessment in view of the unexpected Taliban blitzkrieg, the UK has proposed a G7 meeting to discuss exclusively the Afghan situation. Johnson made the proposal during talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The British PM stressed on the need for the international community to take a unified approach on Afghanistan. Johnson was also concerned about a likely humanitarian and refugee crisis. The two leaders confirmed they would work together on the "long-term future of Afghanistan".

The UK is the current G-7 president and had organised the face-to-face G7 summit in Cornwall in June this year with India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa as guests.

In fast-moving developments in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani flew out of the country on Sunday, as did other Afghan leaders and warlords, prompting the Taliban leaders to take over the Presidential palace and begin to take charge of governance.