The UK authorities was “shocked by the dimensions and the tempo” with which the Taliban took management of Afghanistan, the international secretary has admitted.
Dominic Raab, who flew again to the UK final night time from a summer time vacation overseas, spoke after a COBRA assembly on Monday at which prime ministers and officers mentioned the unfolding disaster.
The international secretary stated the talks focussed on efforts to evacuate British nationals and Afghans who had labored with the UK authorities within the nation.
Mr Raab revealed that 150 British nationals could be arriving again within the UK within the early hours of the morning, with an additional 350 Britons and Afghan nationals arriving within the coming days.
However the international secretary refused to state what number of refugees the UK would possibly settle for from Afghanistan, which has fallen again into Taliban management after 20 years.
“Everybody, I believe, has been shocked by the dimensions and the tempo at which the Taliban have taken over in Afghanistan,” he stated.
“And that is a lesson that we have all bought to be taught from. However the fact is what issues proper now could be specializing in getting British nationals out, getting out those that have so loyally served the UK.
“And ensuring that the good points that we have revamped 20 years will not be misplaced.
“Let’s bear in mind we’ve not had a terrorist assault on the UK from Afghanistan in 20 years.
“Due to UK support, ten million extra youngsters have been in schooling. Due to UK efforts with others, eight million extra landmines have been cleared.
“So we’ve got a report that we should always not overlook. In fact, the precedence now could be to ensure that the good points aren’t misplaced due to the Taliban taking management.”