The events of the last few weeks have been shocking and deeply concerning. The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan exposed the staggering complacency from our Government about the Taliban threat. We faced the tragic rollback of the gains that UK soldiers, diplomats and NGO workers, and their coalition and Afghan partners, worked so hard for.

Following the end of military evacuations from Afghanistan through Kabul airport, the Government is trying to support the safe evacuation of the British nationals and Afghans who have been left behind. There are still at-risk people eligible for resettlement in the UK remain in Afghanistan and I am concerned that few practical measures have been put in place by the Government to help them.

My thoughts are with the Afghan people at this time. I will continue to follow developments in Afghanistan, and the Government’s response, closely.

 

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