Thursday 19 August 2021 / 7:23 AM Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Labour responds to reports Foreign Secretary was ‘too busy’ to make vital calls to Afghan counterpart as Taliban advanced on Kabul

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to reports that the Foreign Secretary was ‘too busy’ to make vital calls to his Afghan counterpart as the Taliban advanced on Kabul, said:

“What could possibly have been more important than safeguarding the legacy of two decades of sacrifice and hard-won victories in Afghanistan? While the Foreign Secretary lay on a sun lounger, the Taliban advanced on Kabul and 20 years of progress was allowed to unravel in a matter of hours.

“The Foreign Secretary should be ashamed and the Prime Minister has serious questions to answer over why he remains in the job.”