August 15, 2021 – 23:45
No one should recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, adding that it was clear that a new administration would soon be established in that country.
“We do not want anyone to know the Taliban bilaterally,” Prime Minister Johnson said in an interview, urging the West to work together on the issue of Afghanistan through mechanisms such as the United Nations and NATO.
“We want a united front, as far as possible, between all people who share the same ideas, in order to do everything we can to prevent Afghanistan from turning into a breeding ground for terror.”
The British Prime Minister said that the British Ambassador to Afghanistan is extremely engaged and works at the airport to help process applications.
Asked if he had predicted that Afghanistan would soon fall into the hands of the Taliban, the prime minister replied: “I think it is fair to say that the US decision to withdraw has accelerated things.”
Earlier on Sunday, Russia said it still did not recognize the Taliban insurgents as Afghanistan’s new legal authority, according to a statement from Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency.