PM promises release of hundreds of millions if new Afghan regime agrees to list of demands

Boris Johnson Make an exciting offer on behalf of G7 to Taliban Last night, he said the West would unfreeze hundreds of millions of pounds if the group agreed to a series of conditions.

Despite failing to secure an extension to the August 31 withdrawal deadline, the prime minister claimed that the “significant influence” of the G7 could help subdue the Taliban.

Johnson, who hosted an emergency virtual meeting of the Group of Seven last night, said authorities would allow it AfghanistanThe new leaders gained access to frozen funds if they allowed girls to be educated, prevented the country from becoming a breeding ground for terrorism and suppressed the heroin trade.

He added that the “first condition” of the G7 was “safe passage” for those who wanted to leave after the end of the month when Western forces would withdraw.

Despite failing to secure an extension to the August 31 withdrawal deadline, the prime minister claimed the G7’s “significant influence” could help push the Taliban into control.

Downing Street said it was too early to say how much funding could be given to the country and what would be spent on it. However, a statement from all G7 leaders indicated that it would include humanitarian aid.

It was reported earlier this month that the International Monetary Fund had blocked Afghanistan’s access to £330m of emergency reserves. Yesterday – despite demands from the West – a Taliban spokesman said working women should stay home for the time being for their “safety”.

Johnson spoke after the G7 leaders’ meeting, where US President Joe Biden is said to have ignored pleas to extend the US evacuation beyond the end of the month.

“Today the G7 agreed on a roadmap for future engagement with the Taliban,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “If this huge money is to be finally unfrozen for use by the government and people of Afghanistan, what we are saying is that Afghanistan cannot return to being a land Fertile for terrorism, Afghanistan cannot become a drug state, girls have to be educated until the age of 18, etc.

Johnson, who hosted an emergency virtual meeting of the Group of Seven last night, said the authorities would allow Afghanistan's new leaders to access frozen funds if they allowed girls to be educated, prevented the country from becoming a breeding ground for terrorism and cracked down on the heroin trade.  .  Pictured: Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

Johnson, who hosted an emergency virtual meeting of the Group of Seven last night, said the authorities would allow Afghanistan’s new leaders to access frozen funds if they allowed girls to be educated, prevented the country from becoming a breeding ground for terrorism and cracked down on the heroin trade. . Pictured: Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

He said: ‘These are important things that we value as the Group of Seven, those are the things that unite us in the West, those are the things that we fought for for years in Afghanistan, and for which the people of this country gave their lives. The point that the G7 leaders made today is that we remain committed to these values ​​and we remain committed to Afghanistan.

“But the first condition we insist on is safe passage after the 31st, after this initial stage, for those who want to leave Afghanistan.”

A joint statement of G7 leaders, along with the UN Secretary-General and NATO, pledged to contribute to humanitarian efforts in the region – and demand respect for women’s rights.

They said, “We call for obligations under international human rights law, including the rights of women, girls and minorities, to be upheld, and for international humanitarian law to be upheld in all circumstances.”

Members of the British Armed Forces continue to participate in the evacuation of authorized personnel from Kabul Airport

Members of the British Armed Forces continue to participate in the evacuation of authorized personnel from Kabul Airport

“We support the United Nations in coordinating the immediate international humanitarian response in the region, including unfettered humanitarian access to Afghanistan, and we will collectively contribute to this response,” the statement continued.

World leaders have said they will work with allies, G20 nations, the United Nations and Afghanistan’s neighbors to address “critical questions” facing the new order.

“As we do so, we will judge the Afghan parties by their actions, not words,” they said.

In particular, we reaffirm that the Taliban will be held accountable for their actions related to the prevention of terrorism, human rights, especially the rights of women, girls and minorities, and the pursuit of a comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan.

The legitimacy of any future government depends on the approach it takes now to fulfill its international obligations and commitments to ensure the stability of Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said yesterday at a press conference that he will allow women to return to work when it is safer for them. “Our security forces are not trained in how to deal with women – how to talk to women,” he said.

“It is currently in their best interest to prevent any abuse.”

Mujahid told reporters last week that women would be allowed to work and study and that they were “a very important part of society”.

He added: “We guarantee them all their rights within the limits of Islam.”

When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s, women were confined to their homes and prevented from going to school and work.

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