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Boris calls for G7 leaders meet on Afghanistan

Johnson also outlined his intention to host a virtual meeting of G7 leaders on Afghanistan in the coming days to this end…reports Asian Lite News.

The UK, which currently holds the G7 presidency, on Monday called for holding a virtual summit of the G7 leaders to discuss Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan, the government has said.

He stressed the need for the international community to come together and take a unified approach on Afghanistan, both in terms of recognising any future government and in working to prevent a humanitarian and refugee crisis.

Johnson also outlined his intention to host a virtual meeting of G7 leaders on Afghanistan in the coming days to this end.

The leaders both emphasised the ongoing importance of working together on the long-term future of Afghanistan and the immediate need to help our nationals and others get to safety. They agreed that the UK and France should work together at the UN Security Council, including on a possible joint-resolution.

Meanwhile, a plane believed to be carrying fleeing Afghan military personnel was shot down by Uzbekistan’s air-defence system after it crossed into the neighboring nation’s airspace, officials in Uzbek capital Tashkent revealed on Monday, Russia Today reported.

A spokesman for the Uzbek Defence Ministry told RIA Novosti that, on Sunday night, “The air defence forces of the Air Force of Uzbekistan suppressed an attempt to illegally cross the air border of Uzbekistan by an Afghan military aircraft.”

It was reported earlier on Monday that an Afghan plane had crashed in Uzbekistan after it ran out of fuel, while it was refused by Uzbek officials to have landed in the country.

Reports from local media indicated that the two pilots on board the jet survived the crash, landing by parachute. Earlier, government spokesman Bakhrom Zulfikarov had told TASS that the crash had occurred overnight, and that “details of the incident are currently being confirmed”.

Ashraf Ghani, the now-ousted President of Afghanistan who had headed the US-backed Afghan government since 2014, left the country on Sunday, and multiple sources said that he had flown to Uzbekistan along with a close group of advisors.

The Russian Embassy in Kabul has since said that Ghani attempted to leave with large quantities of cash and valuables, the report said.

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