G7 leaders issue statement on Afghanistan
Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies called for respect for international human rights law in Afghanistan. They urged all parties to work in good faith to form a representative government.
G7 leaders released a statement after holding an online meeting on Afghanistan between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning Japanese time.
The leaders expressed “grave concern” over the situation in Afghanistan and called for “calm and restraint” to ensure the safety of citizens and avoid a humanitarian crisis.
They called for “respect for obligations under international human rights law, including the rights of women, girls and minority groups, and for international humanitarian law to be respected in all circumstances.”
They declared: “Afghanistan must never again become a haven for terrorism”, and stressed that the G7 countries “will continue to fight terrorism with determination and solidarity”.
G7 leaders called on “all parties in Afghanistan to work in good faith to establish an inclusive and representative government.”
They also said their immediate priority is to ensure that their citizens and the Afghans who have partnered with their countries are safely evacuated. They said they would continue to coordinate closely on the issue.
They declared that the international community “will judge the Afghan parties on their actions, not on their words” and reaffirmed “that the Taliban will be held accountable for their actions in the prevention of terrorism” and “of human rights in particular those of the women, girls and minorities. . “
The statement says: “The legitimacy of any future government depends on the approach it takes now to meet its international obligations and commitments to ensure a stable Afghanistan.