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World leaders react as Taliban enters Afghanistan capital Kabul

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The Taliban now hold all of Afghanistan’s border crossings amid their offensive across the country.

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Following are international reactions after the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday having taken control of much of the rest of Afghanistan:

Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, spokesman of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry addresses a media briefing in Islamabad on July 15, 2021. (AFP)
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, spokesman of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry addresses a media briefing in Islamabad on July 15, 2021. (AFP)

“We’re concerned about the increasingly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan...We have not taken any decision to close our embassy,” he told Geo News TV

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg attends a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium July 13, 2020. (Reuters)
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg attends a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium July 13, 2020. (Reuters)

“Conflict and instability in the region will sooner or later spill over to Europe and thus to Austria,” Austria’s APA news agency quoted him as saying in announcing an aid conference to support Afghanistan’s central Asian neighbors.

EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas presents a strategy for the future of Schengen and an Amendment of the Regulation establishing the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism in Brussels, Belgium June 2, 2021. (File photo: Reuters)
European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas presents a strategy for the future of Schengen and an Amendment of the Regulation establishing the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism in Brussels, Belgium June 2, 2021. (File photo: Reuters)

“The clock has run out on how long we can wait to adopt the complete overhaul of Europe’s migration and asylum rules we need,” Schinas said in a tweet, citing his comments in Italian paper La Stampa.

US President Joe Biden

Biden speaks during a speech in the East Room at the White House following early morning Senate session, Washington, US, August 11, 2021. (Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein)
Biden speaks during a speech in the East Room at the White House following early morning Senate session, Washington, US, August 11, 2021. (Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein)

US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday before the Taliban entered Kabul:

“One more year, or five more years, of US military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country. And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”

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