According to information provided to Reuters, the United Kingdom intends to press international leaders to adopt additional sanctions against the Taliban at a G7 summit on August 22 to tackle the Afghan issue.
The West is Divided on the Issue
The US has previously said that recognizing the Taliban will be contingent on the terrorist group's human rights records. The Biden presidency is now reaching out to key adversaries Russia and China, fearing that any or both Moscow and Beijing may obstruct an international consensus on isolating the Taliban if conditions deteriorate.
Upon the Taliban's quick takeover of Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who now leads the group, including the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada, asked for the virtual summit. According to a British state official who demanded anonymity, Britain believes the G7 should explore economic measures and withhold funding if the Taliban commits human rights violations and enables its territory to be used as a safe port for militants.
Taliban terrorists grabbed control of Kabul, forcing Afghan citizens and military allies to escape to safety. Many people are concerned about a return to the strict interpretation of Islamic law imposed by the last Taliban administration, which ended 20 years ago. Afghanistan's present chaotic environment provides a safe harbor for criminals, gun smugglers, human traffickers, and other offenders to conduct out their illicit activities without being monitored and regulated. As a result, they launder the dirty profits they earn through illicit activities.
The international alliance must work together to guarantee safe evacuations, avoid a humanitarian disaster, and assist the Afghan people in achieving the accomplishments of the last 20 years, Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Sanctions on the Taliban are unlikely to be imposed quickly, according to a Western official. The notion of sanctions to exert pressure on the Taliban was originally mentioned by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Biden, who has been chastised both at home and abroad for his handling of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, told media that G7 executives would work out a common solution against the Taliban. Biden told reporters that he and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken would engage with other nations to create "tough circumstances" for the Taliban's collaboration or acknowledgment, based on their treatment of women and girls and general record on human rights.
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