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Afghanistan must not become “fertile ground for terrorism” – .

fr24news– Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting on Sunday, the prime minister called the situation in the country “extremely difficult”.

He said “like-minded” powers must work together to ensure that a new Afghan government is not recognized without a deal.

Mr Johnson added that it was “very important for the West to work together to make the new government understand that no one wants Afghanistan to become a breeding ground for terrorism again.”
Parliament will be recalled on Wednesday to discuss the situation.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is also said to have fled the country for Tajikistan after the Taliban entered the capital Kabul.
Mr Johnson said the British ambassador in Kabul “worked tirelessly” to ensure the safety of British nationals in Afghanistan.
He added: “Our priority is to make sure we live up to our obligations to British nationals, to all those who have helped the British effort in Afghanistan for 20 years and to get them out as quickly as possible.
“What we’re dealing with now is most likely the advent of a new regime. We do not yet know exactly what type of plan it will be ”.
Mr Johnson also admitted that the US decision to withdraw troops from the country had ‘sped things up’ in the region, but insisted the forces ‘had known for a long time that this was how it would be’ .
The government has said it will work with the UN Security Council and other NATO countries to prevent Afghanistan from “falling back into terror”.
The Foreign Office has reduced its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, but government staff are still in the country providing assistance to British nationals.
“We are doing everything possible to allow the remaining British nationals, who wish to leave Afghanistan, to do so,” said a spokesperson.

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