Group of Seven (G7) nations were urged to consider introducing further sanctions against a militant group on Aug. 24.
The United Kingdom believes the world’s seven largest developed nations should economically isolate the Taliban.
The plan involves the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada each introducing economic sanctions and withholding aid. The action would continue until the Taliban stops fostering militants and violating human rights in Afghanistan.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested sanctions could help resolve the Afghan crisis.
“It is vital that the international community works together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis, and support the Afghan people to secure the gains of the last 20 years,” he said on Twitter.
I will convene G7 leaders on Tuesday for urgent talks on the situation in Afghanistan. It is vital that the international community works together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people to secure the gains of the last 20 years.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 22, 2021
BL can reveal Johnson’s proposal has already attracted U.S. support.
President Joe Biden supports the idea in principle.
“The answer is ‘yes,’ it depends on the conduct,” he said in a statement.
Biden revealed Taliban fighters have not interfered with U.S. troops guarding Kabul Airport. He claimed the militant group had mostly kept its promise to let American civilians arrive safely at the airport.
“So far, the Taliban has not taken action against U.S. forces,” he said. “They have, by and large, followed through what they said in terms of allowing Americans to pass through–and the like.”
However, these remarks seemingly contradict Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s recent briefing to lawmakers on Aug. 20.
Austin accused Taliban fighters of physically and verbally abusing U.S. citizens simply for evacuating Kabul. The defense secretary criticized the aggressive behavior as inadmissible.
“We are also aware that some people, including Americans, have been harassed and even beaten by the Taliban,” he said according to Politico. “This is unacceptable and [we have] made it clear to the designated Taliban leader.”
Johnson previously stressed British troops would be unable to stay in Afghanistan without “American might.” The prime minister has been chastised for his handling of the Afghan crisis, including from within his Conservative Party.