The crisis in Afghanistan makes the UK doubt its “special relationship” with the US

The Western debacle in Afghanistan has sparked a passionate and existential debate in the UK that does not seem to be over. What good is London’s famous “special relationship” cultivated with Washington since the post-World War II era if you want to confront a fait accompli on the part of Joe Biden, like other Western capitals, question the media, experts and national politicians? And what future for this “global Britain” promised by Boris Johnson after Brexit, when the UK comes down to begging the White House to extend the total withdrawal of its troops beyond August 31?

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The Prime Minister hopes to regain control, on Tuesday, August 24, by presiding over an extraordinary meeting of the G7 dedicated to Afghanistan, in order to obtain from Washington this extension beyond August 31 of the presence of US troops in Kabul. Finally, during this meeting, it is about ” to coordinate “ western evacuation operations.

The country is one of the most embroiled in chaotic airport rescue operations: nearly 6,000 people, including 3,100 Afghans, have already been evacuated by British forces since August 13, and 6,000 still remain in evacuation this week, according to the Times.

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the sunday time on Sunday August 22, unprecedented criticism echoed by British officials against the president of the United States. Anonymous ministerial sources told the Sunday newspaper bitterly that Biden would have taken more than 24 hours to respond to Johnson after he requested a telephone interview late last week.

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Gone are the days when Downing Street welcomed the fact that the first phone call from the Democratic president when he arrived at the White House was to the conservative Boris Johnson, despite the proximity between the latter and Donald Trump … London blames Mr. Biden for not meeting his commitments, according to the Bloomberg agency, which cites British government memoranda. Johnson reportedly received assurances from Washington in June that the Americans would maintain a sufficient presence in Afghanistan to secure Kabul and the Western embassies. “We continue to work closely with our American allies,” a Downing Street spokesman insisted on Monday 23 August, adding, however, that keeping British troops in Kabul to continue evacuations once American troops left. “It is not a viable option”.

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