G-7 push shows United Kingdom’s ambition — and its weakness

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LONDON — The U.K. might have been blindsided by the speed of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan but Boris Johnson is determined to play a leading role in coordinating the international response.

The British prime minister will attempt to use his country’s G7 presidency as a new locus of international influence as he asks the world’s richest countries to match the U.K.’s aid commitments to Afghanistan. Johnson will chair a Zoom call Tuesday between leaders of the world’s richest countries, plus U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.

The U.K. government has thrown its weight fully behind

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