Afghanistan News LIVE: China Says Ready to Develop ‘Friendly Relations’ with Taliban; 5 Dead at Kabul Airport Amid Chaos

Afghanistan-Taliban News LIVE: Air India meanwhile confirmed that the Afghan airspace has been shut amid chaos at the airport and commercial flights have been suspended.

Afghanistan News LIVE
A Taliban fighter mans a machinegun on top of a vehicle as they patrol along a street in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. Wakil Kohsar / AFP

Afghanistan News LIVE: Taliban takeover has plunged Afghanistan’s future into uncertainty with several countries trying to fly out their natives, while residents rush to Kabul airport in hope of leaving the country. UK’s defense secretary B Wallace has said that their country is targeting 1,200-1,500 evacuations a day and there are plans in place to ‘keep planes flowing’. Air India meanwhile confirmed that the Afghan airspace has been shut amid chaos at the airport and commercial flights have been suspended.

The UN Security Council, under the Presidency of India, will meet again today around 7:30 pm to discuss the grim situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover. The move comes after Russia said that it was working with other countries to hold a discussion on complete military takeover of the country by insurgents. Russia is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the United States, Britain, France, and China. It remains unclear how the Taliban would be regarded by the United Nations should the movement declare itself the legitimate power.

As President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, Afghanistan’s vice president Amrullah Saleh said that he was on “his soil and with the people; for a cause and purpose”. He added that opposing “Pakistan-backed oppression and brutal dictatorship” is their legitimacy. UK prime minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, said that UK is working with its partners to send a clear message through NATO meet on Friday that “nobody should bilaterally recognize the Taliban”.

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