JUST IN: Emergency G7 and NATO meetings on Afghanistan planned

JUST IN: Emergency G7 and NATO meetings on Afghanistan planned

we are also urgently accelerating our efforts to assist eligible afghans under the priority 1 and priority 2 p1 and p2 referrals to u.s refugee admissions program and humanitarian parole and we are working on our own with our allies and partners and with ngos to identify and assist other afghans at risk including women and girls human rights defenders journalists and other civil society actors we have seen reports that the taliban contrary to their public statements and their commitments to our government are blocking afghans who wish to leave the country from reaching the airport our team in doha and our military partners on the ground in kabul are engaging directly with the taliban to make clear that we expect them to allow all american citizens all third country nationals and all afghans who wish to leave to do so safely and without harassment a majority of the world’s nations this morning as of this morning 109 governments and counting have come together to underscore the same message the state department is tirelessly pursuing diplomatic efforts with our allies and partners in every region of the world to mobilize resources to save afghan lives as you know secretary blinken has spoken to more than a dozen of his counterparts in recent days some of them multiple times i’ve been doing the same this morning under secretary of state nuland and i convened the deputy foreign ministers and political directors from more than a dozen allies i think we have 20 on the phone and partners to encourage everyone to take additional steps to help the afghan people our ambassadors are working day and night in capitals around the world our undersecretaries assistant secretary senior bureau officials desk officers are doing the same our support staff are doing the same as i said this is an all hands on deck effort and we aren’t going to let up on the political front we saw a very strong statement on monday from the u.n security council including china and russia they reiterated the need for an inclusive just durable and realistic political settlement that protects human rights including for women children and minorities president biden and prime minister boris johnson agreed yesterday to hold a virtual g7 leaders meeting on afghanistan next week and earlier today noto secretary general jans stoltenberg announced he is convening a virtual meeting of nato foreign ministers on friday to discuss
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JUST IN: Emergency G7 and NATO meetings on Afghanistan planned

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