and Macron spoke to assess how to respond to the arrival of Afghan refugees in their countries.

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The two leaders stressed the importance of "close and ongoing coordination" between Afghanistan's allies during the phone call.

US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, spoke on Thursday about how to coordinate to provide humanitarian assistance and support refugees leaving Afghanistan after the Taliban's rise to power, the White House said in a statement.

During the phone call, the two leaders stressed the importance of "close and continuous coordination" between Afghanistan's allies, including multilateral forums, to provide humanitarian assistance and support to refugees.

In addition, the two highlighted the "tireless efforts" of their staff who are working "closely" in Kabul to evacuate the US and French nationals, as well as some "vulnerable" Afghans and those "brave" who have collaborated with the NATO troops.

This Monday, Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed concern about the possible arrival on European soil of thousands of Afghan refugees and warned them not to take care of so many people alone.

Hours later, Biden announced 500 500 million in aid for refugees and migrants fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power.

The Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15 after its fighters entered the capital without resistance, with almost all the provinces under their control, and after the Afghan president's flight, Ashraf Ghani.

For their part, the G7 foreign ministers on Thursday called on the Taliban to guarantee free passage to foreigners and Afghans who want to leave the country.

The heads of Foreign Affairs of the G7 meeting by videoconference expressed their concern about the "violent reprisals" in some areas of Afghanistan in the face of the advance of Taliban control, said in a statement from the Government of the United Kingdom, the group's current president. The club of wealthiest countries on the planet asks the Afghan Islamists "to guarantee the free passage of foreigners and Afghans who want to leave."

The representatives of the  United States, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU) ask the Taliban to "respect their commitments to protect civilians" and are "seriously concerned by the information that reports violent retaliation in some parts of Afghanistan. "

Faced with the overwhelming victory of the Taliban, 20 years after they were ousted from power in Kabul,  the G7 assures that it continues to "seek to guarantee an inclusive political solution."

The text explained that the ministers "discussed the importance of the international community guaranteeing safe and legal resettlement routes" for the refugees.