British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on August 15th that no one wanted Afghanistan to become a “breeding ground for terrorist activities”.
Speaking after an emergency meeting in Cobra, Mr Johnson said the situation in Afghanistan “remains extremely difficult” and could get worse, the BBC reported on August 15.
Mr Johnson said the UK’s immediate priority remained to ensure that British citizens in Afghanistan and Afghans who had helped Britain for 20 years “leave” Afghanistan “as soon as possible.” The British ambassador to Afghanistan, who is still in Afghanistan, is doing this “day and night” and has been processing applications at the airport.
Johnson called on “like-minded” parties to work together not to recognize any new Afghan government that emerged without an agreement, and hoped that other countries would not “prematurely” recognize the Taliban regime: “We don’t know yet what kind of regime it will be.” ”
Johnson said Britain would work with the UN Security Council and other NATO countries to stop Afghanistan “falling into terrorism.” He acknowledged that the withdrawal of U.S. troops had “accelerated the development of the situation in Afghanistan” but said: “We knew it was going to happen.” ”
The 600 British troops sent to Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation have arrived. The Ministry of Defence said most of the staff of the British Embassy in Afghanistan had left the country in military aircraft. At present, all commercial flights from Afghanistan have been grounded.