World Leaders Shocked, Express Disappointment Over Afghanistan Collapse

World leaders expressed shock and dismay after the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, following swift advances that caught the United States off guard as it was withdrawing from the country. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the Taliban takeover as “extremely difficult,” adding that it is “very important the West collectively should work together to get over to that new government, be it by the Taliban or anybody else.” He added that “nobody wants Afghanistan, once again, to be a breeding ground for terror.” Johnson added that it was “fair to say” the White House’s move to withdraw “accelerated things, but this has in many ways been a chronicle of an event foretold.” The United Nations chief on Sunday called on the Taliban to “exercise utmost restraint” in Afghanistan just hours after the group entered Kabul and later, the presidential palace. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “is particularly concerned about the future …

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