The British Foreign Secretary visited Pakistan on Thursday and Friday to discuss the safe passage of British nationals and Afghans working for the UK from Afghanistan.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs sent multiple photos Twitter, Showing him arriving at a mountain on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in a military helicopter and talking with Pakistani soldiers.
“It’s nice to see [the] On the ground and understand what happened on the Pakistan-Afghan border,” Raab wrote.
“Discussed the safe passage of British nationals and the people who have worked with them [the] Britain is in Afghanistan. “
Raab said at a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mahdum Shah Mahmoud Qureshi that “Pakistan’s support and role will be crucial.”
“We have a common interest in supporting a stable and peaceful future in Afghanistan,” he said.
He also said that the UK will support “regional partners, especially Pakistan” because these partners are expected to see a large influx of Afghan refugees.
In a statement earlier on Friday, the British Foreign Office stated that the UK will allocate 20 million pounds (28 million U.S. dollars) to these countries to support reception and registration facilities and provide basic services and supplies.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it will immediately provide another 10 million pounds (14 million U.S. dollars) to humanitarian partners such as UNHCR to transport necessities such as shelters to the Afghan border and establish sanitation facilities. .
Rab traveled from Qatar to Pakistan. This was the first stop of his diplomatic mission, aiming to win regional support for the situation in Afghanistan.
During his visit to Doha on Thursday, Rab visited the temporary housing facilities that Afghans were waiting to deal with before heading to their final destination.
He also spoke with Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Mukhridin and discussed how the two countries can help maintain regional stability and respond to the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
The British military airlifted approximately 15,000 British nationals, Afghan nationals working for the British military or government and their families in a two-week evacuation operation after the Taliban took over Kabul in mid-August.
After the Taliban refused to extend the U.S. evacuation deadline on August 31, it is difficult to know how many people were left behind, but ministers have previously stated that the estimated number of British nationals remaining in Afghanistan is “only a few hundred”, and In 800, under the Afghan relocation and aid policy, 1,100 Afghans who should have been eligible to settle in the UK were left behind.
While setting up processing centers in neighboring countries of Afghanistan, Raab also talked to Qataris who acted as intermediaries between the West, the former Afghan government and the Taliban about reactivating the Kabul Airport and resuming evacuation.
Raab said on Thursday: “I don’t think we can say anything official yet, but it looks like it might happen sometime in the near future.”
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Thursday that there is no “clear indication” when the airport will be fully operational, but he is working “very hard”, including with the Taliban negotiation.
He said at the press conference: “We still hope to be able to run it as soon as possible.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times