Thursday 12 August 2021 / 8:02 PM Defence / John Healey

John Healey responds to news that 600 British soldiers will be deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the withdrawal of British forces

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the news that 600 British soldiers will be deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the withdrawal of British forces, said:

“The Ministry of Defence has Labour’s full backing on this deployment. It is imperative to ensure British personnel are safely and orderly withdrawn from Afghanistan.

“Ministers must also ensure all eligible Afghans and their families touch down safely on UK soil. The interpreters have been hugely important to British forces and the UK has a debt of honour to look after them. The Government must step up efforts to get them out of Afghanistan alongside British nationals.

“We share widespread dismay that the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating so much faster than forecast. While our forces are withdrawing, we cannot walk away from the people of Afghanistan, so the UK should not be slashing aid and Ministers must push harder diplomatically with countries in the region to try to support a political process.”