The ambassadors of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal and the Taliban occupation.
According to Radio Pakistan, France and the United Kingdom are expected to present a resolution at the meeting today which will include the establishment of a safe zone in Kabul to protect those trying to leave Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the United States will host a virtual meeting of foreign ministers of several countries to discuss future strategies regarding the situation.
As the withdrawal from Kabul enters its last days, the United States will hold a meeting with key partners in Afghanistan, the state broadcaster quoted the State Department as saying.
He said representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Qatar, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will attend.
The meetings are being held in view of the deadline for the US withdrawal from Kabul. The Taliban has urged the United States to complete the evacuation of its people from Afghanistan by August 31. It came as attacks on Kabul airport killed more than 100 people, including 13 US soldiers.
ISIL-affiliated ISIS Khurasan in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack, prompting US President Joe Biden to order US military commanders to draw up an operational plan to attack ISIS’s assets, leadership, and facilities.
The growing security vacuum in Afghanistan has raised concerns about the threat posed by ISIS, while the United States has claimed to have killed one of the masterminds of the Kabul airport attack in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
The U.S. military says a car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Mosul.
There have been reports of rockets being fired at an area near Kabul airport this morning.
Reports say that a new threat in Afghanistan has paved the way for a new era of US-Taliban cooperation to establish a united front against ISIS, but uncertainty remains.
Western nations are still wary that the Taliban, which once harbored Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, will allow Afghanistan to become a haven for militants again. However, the Taliban say they will not allow the country’s territory to be used by terrorists.
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