“I’m absolutely worried that failed states are breeding grounds for those types of people.” UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace, in an interview with Sky News Agency.
He exclaimed that Afghanistan is moving ahead towards becoming a breeding ground for militants like Al Qaeda. He said Al Qaeda would probably come back to Afghanistan.“It is spiraling towards a failed state.” He noted.
The United States has withdrawn most of its troops after a 20-year long war in Afghanistan. This has allowed the Taliban forces to sweep across the Afghan territory.
During 1996-2001, the Taliban used to control most of Afghanistan. But it was expelled by the US military for harbouring Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks on the United States of America.
Wallace said to the BBC that the pace of Taliban advance had stunned the Afghan government and its western allies. He raised concerns that the world is heading towards a civil war.
The Taliban has almost taken control over Kandahar, the second biggest city of Afghanistan, and the town of Lashkar Gah. Britain is expected to deploy its military personnel to Afghan territory to help British nationals and local translators to get out of the country.
About The Doha Meeting
Doha meeting, which was held on Thursday, was aimed at the warring parties to accelerate efforts to reach a political settlement and a comprehensive ceasefire amid the advance of the Taliban militants towards provincial capitals.
The Afghan government, the Taliban delegations, and the special representatives of the UN, UK, EU, China, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Pakistan, Germany, Norway, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and India participated in the conference.
The meeting attendees emerged with a joint statement as a conclusion. According to the statement, all the members agreed on the necessity of accelerating the Afghan peace process and negotiating concrete proposals from both sides.
The International Community also called for an instantaneoushaltto the violence and attacks on the Provincial capitals.