DUBAI: The world is reacting to the fast developments in Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents reached the outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, capping a significant offensive and taking management of main cities within the nation aside from the capital.
A US official says American diplomats in Afghanistan are being moved from the embassy in Kabul to the airport because the Taliban enter the capital.
The official says army helicopters are shuttling between the embassy compound and the airport, the place a core presence will stay for so long as attainable given safety situations.
The official was not licensed to debate diplomatic actions and spoke on situation of anonymity.
Russia mentioned it’s working with different nations to carry an emergency UN Safety Council assembly on Afghanistan because the Taliban completes its army takeover of the nation, international ministry official Zamir Kabulov informed Russian information companies.
“We’re engaged on this,” Kabulov mentioned, including that the assembly will happen.
Russia is certainly one of 5 everlasting members of the UN Safety Council, together with the USA, Britain, France, and China.
Kabulov additionally mentioned Moscow doesn’t plan to evacuate its embassy in Kabul, saying the Taliban had provided Russia and different nations — which he didn’t identify — safety assurances for his or her missions in Afghanistan.
Germany is sending army transport planes to Kabul to start the evacuation of its embassy workers Monday.
The German information company dpa reported Sunday that the mission will embody the evacuation of native Afghan workers working for the German embassy. A German official, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to be quoted, informed The Related Press that paratroopers will safe the operation.
The army planes are anticipated to ferry evacuees from Kabul to a base in Central Asia, from the place constitution planes will carry them to
Italian media reported Sunday that the majority personnel on the Italian Embassy in Kabul are being transferred to the Afghan capital’s airport in preparation for evacuation.
The report Sunday by Corriere della Sera mentioned the transfer impacts some 50 Italian staffers and 30 Afghan staff and their households, together with Carabinieri paramilitary police defending the embassy.
Sweden will evacuate all its embassy workers from Kabul on Sunday, public service broadcaster Swedish Radio reported, citing sources.
Vatican – Pope Francis
Pope Francis expressed his “concern” Sunday over the battle in Afghanistan and known as for dialogue in order that the “battered inhabitants” can stay in peace.
“I be a part of within the unanimous concern for the state of affairs in Afghanistan,” the pontiff mentioned in the course of the weekly Angelus on the Vatican.
“I ask all of you to hope with me to the God of peace in order that the clamour of weapons may stop and options will be discovered on the desk of dialogue.
“Solely thus can the battered inhabitants of that nation – males, ladies, aged and kids – return to their very own properties, and stay in peace and safety, in whole mutual respect.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will search to recall parliament subsequent week from its summer season break over the growing disaster in Afghanistan, home media reported on Sunday.
MPs are more likely to be known as again for pressing debate on what Britain, which misplaced 457 troops within the two-decade lengthy warfare, ought to do subsequent, Downing Avenue sources informed Sky Information and the Press Affiliation.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defence Committee, urged Johnson to “suppose once more” about stepping in.
(with enter from Reuters, Related Press and AFP)