Boris Johnson says he “completely” has confidence in Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab – and insisted the federal government is working “nearly around the clock” to assist evacuate individuals from Afghanistan.
Talking after a gathering of the federal government’s emergency COBRA committee on Friday afternoon, Mr Johnson dismissed criticism of Mr Raab’s summer season vacation as Afghanistan’s capital Kabul fell to the Taliban.
“I can inform you that the entire of the federal government has been working nearly across the clock hitting the telephones to do what we will,” the prime minister stated.
“I am not going to faux to you that it is simple. As you may think about, challenges are formidable.”
The PM stated the operation to evacuate British residents and Afghan individuals who had labored alongside British forces was within the “first section”, including that “efforts are actually beginning to repay”.
He stated that he was additionally “happy with the response to this point” on efforts to relocate Afghan employees within the UK after they fled the Taliban.
“The scenario is precarious, be in little doubt – everyone can see the logistical difficulties,” he stated.
Talking in regards to the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, he stated “this was by no means going to be a straightforward second”.
Earlier on Friday, Mr Johnson met with a number of the former Afghan workers who had been employed by the UK of their nation and who’ve since been resettled in Britain underneath the Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP).
Mr Johnson stated in a tweet: “They labored side-by-side with us and we stood by them and ensured their security.
“We’re working tirelessly to assist these within the nation to whom we owe a debt of obligation.”