British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the violence in Afghanistan must end as the Taliban terrorist group entered Kabul, prompting a transfer of power in the country.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani relinquished power on Sunday as the Taliban entered Kabul, according to Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, who confirmed there would be a transfer of power. Ghani reportedly left the country on Sunday.
Raab said he spoke to Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the foreign minister of Afghanistan’s neighbour Pakistan, about the situation.
“Shared my deep concerns about the future for Afghanistan with FM Qureshi,” he wrote on Twitter. “Agreed it is critical that the international community is united in telling the Taliban that the violence must end and human rights must be protected.”
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle earlier granted a request from Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking MPs to come back from summer recess to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
“The Speaker of the House of Commons has granted a request from the government to recall the House at 9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m on Wednesday, August 18 in relation to the situation in Afghanistan,” parliamentary authorities said in a statement on Sunday
Downing Street said ministers and senior officials were to meet on Sunday afternoon to discuss the worsening situation.