Emergency G7 Talks: Will Biden Risk New Standoff With Taliban by Extending Evacuation Timetable?

The UK and EU countries are likely to extend further pressure on US President Joe Biden to persuade him into postponing the withdrawal of American troops from the country until all foreign citizens and NATO’s Afghan assistants are pulled out, according to observers. However, this decision is not without serious risks, they say.

On 24 August, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as chair of the G7 is due to host the group’s emergency meeting on Afghanistan. According to the Financial Times, the parties are likely to discuss a potential extension of the US evacuation timetable as well as arrangements for getting western nationals and Afghan citizens out the country.

The newspaper notes that the British PM also wants to focus on “a longer-term approach to the Afghan crisis but accepts, following the US retreat, that China and Russia are now key players in the region”.

EU Expresses Discontent With Biden’s Pullout

Earlier, European officials subjected the Biden administration’s hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan to tough criticism. In particular, Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee, called it “a serious and far-reaching miscalculation” that “does fundamental damage to the political and moral credibility of the West”. For his part, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell qualified the resurgence of the Taliban* as “a catastrophe” and “nightmare”.    

In addition, Borrell expressed…

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