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Afghanistan must not become ‘breeding ground for terror’ once again , PM says

Written by on 15/08/2021

Boris Johnson has said the West needs to work collectively to ensure Afghanistan doesn’t again become a “breeding ground for terror”.

Following a second emergency Cobra meeting this afternoon, the prime minister said it was “very important that the West works together to get over to the new government that nobody wants Afghanistan once again to be a breeding ground for terror”.

It comes as a Taliban official said the militant group will declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace soon, according to the PA news agency.

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Ashraf Ghani, who was president of the country, reportedly left the nation for Tajikistan after the Taliban entered the capital Kabul.

Mr Johnson said: “It is clear there is going to be – or there is going to be very shortly – a new government in Kabul, a new political dispensation.”

He added that the UK will be working with partners in the UN Security Council and NATO to make sure no-one bilaterally recognises the Taliban.

“We want a united position amongst all the like minded [countries] – as far as we can get one- so that we do whatever we can to prevent Afghanistan lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terror,” the prime minister added.

 Sky News

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