Nations step up diplomatic effort over Afghanistan

European nations and the United States are stepping up their diplomatic efforts for Afghanistan following the US military withdrawal from the country on August 30.

The Taliban have been making arrangements to form a new government by holding talks involving the group's leaders and senior officials of the former government.

British foreign minister Dominic Raab visited Pakistan on Friday after a stopover in Qatar where the US and European governments have set up their diplomatic operations to respond to the situation in Afghanistan.

After visiting the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Raab said that Britons and others who want to leave Afghanistan could do so by way of land routes via third countries.

He said, "whether it is dealing with terrorism threat, the humanitarian lifeline and regional stability, we are working very closely with our Pakistani partners."

The foreign ministers of Germany and the Netherlands have also visited Qatar to discuss the political situation in Afghanistan and humanitarian aid for the country.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to visit Qatar on Sunday.