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This G7 is a turning point for the West

The chaotic withdrawal from Kabul will be a turning point but now it’s up to us to choose the direction of travel. We can turn this around. That’s why Tuesday’s G7 meeting matters. It will show the determination of the free world to work together.

There will be some key early tells, as gamblers would say, that will give us a clue as to where we’re going.

The first is easy: Who is at the table? Of course, it’s short notice but few nations are more affected than India by the inland tsunami in Asia, or more likely to be important to what happens next. Along with partners from G7 parliaments, I’m calling for India to attend. With Delhi holding the presidency of the UN Security Council, its presence at the meeting would show a commitment not just to bringing others in, but also to leveraging the institutions we have built to defend peace.

The second is harder: Who is promising what? Over the coming months, the demand for humanitarian aid is only going to grow. In conversations with ministers of governments around the region and our people who know them best, however, it’s clear that this isn’t just about aid and it’s not just about cash. What matters on Tuesday is commitment and the demonstration that we’re there for the long term. Allies are looking to make their alliance count, rivals to see whether now’s the time to come in from the cold.