No country should recognise Taliban govt, Boris fumes as UK diplomats flee Afghanistan
Panic has hit the United Kingdom and the United States diplomatic corps following the take-over of Kabul and the Afghanistan Presidential Palace.
This is just as the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has caused on global leaders to denounce the new Taliban government.
The UK Telegraph reported that in a stunning rout, the Taliban seized nearly all of Afghanistan in just over a week, despite the hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) over nearly two decades to build up Afghan security forces.
Aljazeera also floated photos reporting the group sitting within a spacious room with guns after the country’s President, Ashraf Ghani, fled following the recapture of cities by Taliban forces.
The latest development seems to have infuriated the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson who declared this evening that nobody should bilaterally recognise the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.
He, however, accepted that there would be a change in leadership.
In a similar fashion, emerging reports said Britain’s ambassador, Sir Laurie Bristow, was due to be airlifted from Afghanistan by Monday evening, as the number of UK diplomats and government officials in the country has already dropped from 500 to the “low tens.”
Dominic Raab, the UK’s foreign secretary, has taken flack for being on holiday as the situation in Afghanistan grew more severe, but Joe Biden remains ensconced at Camp David.
He is scheduled to be there until Wednesday and has not yet made a statement on the crisis that has unfolded today.
Hundreds of Afghan citizens were also spotted rushing to Kabul airport hoping to get a flight out of the country.
Unfortunately, commercial airlines were said to be unavailable as most planes are no longer flying to or from Afghanistan – while visas are needed for a place on one of the military flights.
Taliban members said they had been “victorious,” in a statement broadcast live on Al Jazeera from the presidential palace.