Britain must confront the new realities in Afghanistan while seeking safe travel for British and Afghan nationals who have worked for the UK, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday.
During a visit to Pakistan, Raab said a team of 15 people had been deployed to help with logistics in Pakistan. He added that Pakistan is the UK’s main partner, both for safe evacuation and a broader strategy in the region.
“We know that we work very well with our partner Pakistan, and of course we rely on the Taliban to fulfill their assurances to continue to allow safe passage from Afghanistan back to the UK, not just for British nationals, but Afghans working as well. for us, either by road, possibly through Pakistan, or through the airport in Kabul,” Raab said.
Raab’s comments reflect the balance that countries like Britain and America have sought to strike in the wake of the Taliban’s lightning victory and the collapse of the Western-backed Afghan government. Western countries fear that the humanitarian crisis and economic collapse that looms over Afghanistan will trigger hundreds of thousands of new refugees. [ka/pp]