British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the Taliban cannot be recognized bilaterally by the Afghan government. Prime Minister Johnson has said that it is clear that a new government will be formed in Afghanistan soon. “None of us want to recognize the Taliban bilaterally,” Johnson said. He called on the West to work together in Afghanistan through mechanisms such as the United Nations and NATO.
“We want a united state among all like-minded people, as far as we can find one so that we can prevent Afghanistan from becoming a breeding ground for terrorism,” he said. President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country after Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Sunday. The U.S. embassy in Kabul said diplomats, officials and other Afghans were fleeing the country at the airport in the capital, Kabul.
Mr. Johnson said the ambassador was working around the clock to help bring British and Afghan diplomats and other Afghans out of Afghanistan, and was helping with the application process at the airport. He says he does not believe Afghanistan will soon fall into the hands of the Taliban. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government.
He also commented that the decision to withdraw US troops was premature. Russia has refused to recognize the Taliban insurgency as Afghanistan’s new legal authority.