Aug 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

G7 to hold meeting on crisis in Afghanistan

Photo of a protester holding a sign that says "World abandoned Afghanistan"

A demonstration in Parliament Square in London following the fall of Afghanistan. Photo: Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The G7 will hold a leaders' virtual meeting next week to discuss a "common strategy and approach" to the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, the White House announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Afghanistan has been mired in chaos since Kabul fell on Sunday, with thousands of Afghans fleeing their homes. The crisis has bolstered calls for countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees.

What they're saying: On Tuesday, President Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about "the need for continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan policy," per the White House.

  • Providing "further humanitarian assistance and support for refugees and other vulnerable Afghans" was also discussed.

The big picture: Afghan migrants are undertaking dangerous journeys in an attempt to escape the Taliban.

  • On Monday, several died attempting to cling to a U.S. military jet as it took off.
  • Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's political leader, arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for the first time in more than two decades.

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