Boris Johnson to urge G-7 leaders to step up support for Afghans

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to urge the world leaders at a virtual G-7 meeting to step up support for refugees fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan. Ahead of the meeting, Johnson has said that the first priority should be "to complete the evacuation of our citizens and those Afghans who have assisted our efforts over the last 20 years".

The UK PM will chair a G-7 Leaders' meeting on Tuesday, August 24, afternoon He will call for an increase in aid, and promise "to use every humanitarian and diplomatic lever" to protect human rights in the country, according  reports. "As we look ahead to the next phase, it's vital we come together as an international community and agree on a joint approach for the longer term," he added. Johnson would also ask the US President Joe Biden to extend the 31 August deadline for withdrawing the troops from the war-weary country.

The UK, France and Germany have all raised the possibility of US forces staying beyond the end of August to continue the airlift, and reports suggest Mr Biden will decide within the next 24 hours whether to push back the deadline.Meanwhile, the Taliban has said that any extension would be a "clear violation" of an agreed deal. More than 7,000 people have now been flown out of Kabul on RAF flights since 13 August, but UK ministers have been clear that British forces in Kabul can’t stay once the Americans have left.

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