A virtual G7 leaders’ meeting dedicated to the situation in Afghanistan will be held next week, US President Joe Biden and British PM Boris Johnson confirmed after their phone call on Tuesday, pointing that a common strategy and approach discussion is envisaged, Reuters reports.
The White House press service confirmed the phone conversation, underlining they also discussed the need for continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan with regard to the humanitarian assistance and support the global community needs to provide for vulnerable Afghans.
Both leaders, at the same time, has commended their brave military and civilian personnel in Kabul that are working on the evacuation of their citizens and Afghan nationals who assisted in the two decades long war effort.
They resumed evacuating diplomats and civilians on Tuesday amid the chaos at Kabul airport, facing at the same time widespread criticism for the hastened troop withdrawal.
According to a White House representative, about 1,100 US citizens, permanent US residents and their family members were evacuated from Afghanistan on Tuesday boarded on 13 flights, but US authorities expect those numbers to escalate.
All in all, over 3,200 Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan over the past couple of days.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that they maintain contacts with Russia and China on the issue of evacuation, including of people who assisted American troops and are eligible for the special SIV visa program.
She reiterated the US objective to bring to safety Afghans who have helped American troops that served the US bravely over the past 20 years.