The fall of Afghan capital Kabul last night has ended the democratic administration of President Ashraf Ghani who fled the country, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.
The regime of extremist Taliban group is coming two decades after they were overthrown by a US-led invasion.
Many countries have spoken against the Taliban take over and are now sending military flights to rescue nationals from Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden released a statement before the Taliban entered the city of Kabul, saying “One more year, or five more years, of US military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country.”
“And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”
While referring to the Afghan military, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN, “We’ve seen that that force has been unable to defend the country, and that has happened more quickly than we anticipated.”
European Union Commission’s Vice President Margaritis Schina expressed his concerns on Afghanistan and Belarus on Twitter and wrote: “The clock has run out on how long we can wait to adopt the complete overhaul of Europe’s migration and asylum rules we need.”
India has decided not to shut their embassy down in Kabul and as per sources close to PTI, the government has kept a fleet of C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft on standby to undertake evacuation missions.
“The government is closely monitoring fast-paced developments in Afghanistan. We will not put the lives of our staff at the Indian Embassy in Kabul at any risk.”
British PM Boris Johnson vowed to never turn his back on Afghanistan. “What we must do now is not turn our backs on Afghanistan,” he stressed, adding that Britain could be “extremely proud” of its role in the country, especially in advancing girls’ education, gains that are now imperiled by the Taliban advance.
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres expressed his concern “about the future of women and girls, whose hard-won rights must be protected” in a statement. The UNSC is set to meet on Monday and will discuss the situation in Afghanistan.