Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Britain to evacuate ‘at least hundreds every day’ from Afghanistan

Hundreds of people will be pulled out of Afghanistan each day as British troops race to evacuate the remaining UK citizens and eligible Afghans after the country’s Western-backed government fell dramatically to the Taliban.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he believed “at least hundreds of people will be leaving every day”. [on] flights, but obviously this is a fluid situation. “

Asked how long the evacuation would last, the spokesman said the government “wants to”[s] Obviously to continue doing so for as long as we are able to do so and as long as it is safe to do so. “

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said civilian and charter flights at Kabul airport are currently suspended, but the military part of the airport is still “open and secure.”

“If we manage to keep it the way we’ve been planning, we should have [the] capacity for more than 1,000 people a day to exit the United Kingdom,” Wallace told “BBC Breakfast” on Monday.

“Currently, it’s not about the capability of the planes, it’s about the processing speed, so I’m trying to fix that.”

He said “more than 600 forces” were dispatched over the weekend to maintain the functioning of the airport and to transport and escort people on planes.

Wallace told Sky News that 300 British nationals were evacuated on both Saturday and Sunday. The government plans to evacuate 782 Afghans over the next two days, and aims to evacuate 1,200-1,500 people daily.

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Asked when he expected a full evacuation, Wallace told LBC radio that the plan is to evacuate all British passport holders, British officials and eligible Afghans by the end of the month.

“At the very least, our obligation should be, [to get as] As many of these people as possible through the pipeline,” he said.

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British Defense Minister Ben Wallace addresses a news conference on January 25, 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

Choked by emotion, Wallace said he was sorry “some people won’t come back,” and that the UK will have to do its best in working with other countries to process those.

It’s sad that “the West has done what it takes. And we have to do our best to get people out there and stand up to our obligations — and 20 years of sacrifices — that’s what it is,” Wallace said. Said.

Speaking with Sky News, Wallace acknowledged that the Taliban are in control of Afghanistan and had called on the Taliban to secure passage for those whom the British government is helping.

“I don’t know of a victory. I accept that the Taliban are in control of the country, I mean, you don’t have to be a political scientist to find out where we are,” Wallace said when it Pressured to accept that the Taliban had won the war.

“I contacted a third country yesterday to make sure we ask for assurances from the Taliban to protect our people and indeed the people we are trying to work to drive out.”

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Asked whether people not under Taliban rule could leave the country, spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the BBC on Sunday that the Taliban wanted all Afghans to remain because it needed “talent” to rebuild the country.

Wallace said he received assurances from Taliban leadership through a third country that the evacuation “will not be interfered with and that he wants to demonstrate that people can come and go into Afghanistan as freely as possible.”

However, Wallace said he acknowledged that the situation could worsen and that he was working with the UK Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary to expedite the process, including a way to accept Afghans without the need for a passport. search is included.

In addition to the people still in Afghanistan, Wallace said there are “a significant number” of Afghans who managed to flee the country in the past few weeks and are in refugee camps around the world.

“We’re going to process them wherever we go, and we’re going to continue to do that as we go… we’ll do everything we can to bring in as many people as possible,” Wallace said.

PA contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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