UK announces plan to resettle 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan.

The United Kingdom says it will welcome as many as 20,000 Afghans under a new resettlement programme that will give priority to women, girls and religious and other minorities, according to reports in British news outlets.

The scheme aimed at those seen “most at risk of human rights abuses and dehumanising treatment by the Taliban” will offer a safe and legal route to Britain, the Times newspaper reported. About 5,000 people are expected to arrive in the UK in its first year.

The international community is working out how to respond following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. The group has said it will respect women, but many fear a swift unravelling of women’s rights, despite the reassurances.

The UK also plans to host a virtual meeting of leaders from the Group of Seven Nations to discuss how to prevent Afghanistan fr
om becoming a source of terrorist threats.

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