World leaders are speaking about their disappointment with the current situation in Afghanistan.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his dismay and notably blamed President Joe Biden and the United States.
“It was fair to say the US decision to pull out has accelerated things,” Johnson told SkyNews. “But this has in many ways been a chronicle of an event foretold.”
The Prime Minister has also encouraged other Western leaders to work together with Afghanistan to prevent the country from becoming a “breeding ground for terrorism” again.
“I think it is very important that the West should work collectively to get over to that new government, be it by the Taliban or anybody else,” Johnson explained.
“Nobody wants Afghanistan once again to be a breeding ground for terror,” Johnson added. “And we don’t think it is in the interests of the people of Afghanistan that it should lapse back into that pre-2001 status.”
Johnson’s comments came after the security situation in Afghanistan has rapidly deteriorated.
The Taliban took over and the group has now closed in on the capital city of Kabul.
President Biden has responded to the casualty by sending roughly 5,000 American troops back to Afghanistan to help secure the exit of Americans, Fox News reported.
As conditions in Afghanistan continue to worsen, Johnson made sure to distance the UK from blame for the situation, clarifying that Britain’s role in the conflict ended years ago.
“I think we’ve known for some time this is the way things were going and as I said before, this is a mission whose military component really ended for the UK,” Johnson said.
“In 2014, what we’re dealing with now is the very likely advent of a new regime in Kabul, we don’t know exactly what kind of a regime that will be,” Johnson added.
Meanwhile, other world leaders had also expressed their disappointment about Afghanistan’s collapse.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he is “heartbroken” by the worsening situation.
“We’ve been constantly monitoring the rapidly evolving situation,” Trudeau said. “We are heartbroken at the situation the Afghan people find themselves in today.”
Trudeau added that the “security and safety” of Canadians in the country remain his top priority, as the country moved to suspend diplomatic operations in Afghanistan and closed its embassy in Kabul.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that his government would redouble the efforts to evacuate people in Afghanistan that have helped the Australian effort in the country.
“Our focus now is to ensure that we continue to support those who have aided us and ensuring that 400 people have already been brought to Australia,” Morrison said.
“As we have been working on this quite rapidly in recent months as the situation continues to deteriorate,” Morrison said. “We will continue to redouble our effort in that regard with our partners.”
Johnson also expressed similar thoughts on his country’s priority, which is to “make sure we deliver on our obligations to UK nationals in Afghanistan, to all those who have helped the British effort over 20 years and to get them out as fast as we can.”
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