Friday 27 August 2021 / 11:02 AM Afghanistan / Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy comments on reports that documents with contact details of Afghans working for the UK were left at the British Embassy in Kabul

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, said:

“The Foreign Secretary has claimed he was too busy overseeing operational decisions to call the Afghan Foreign Minister. This incident raises questions about what precisely he was doing in the hours before Kabul fell to the Taliban.

“The destruction of sensitive materials and the safe evacuation of the embassy should have been a top priority. The Government must urgently assess the individuals who have been exposed by this breach, whether ongoing British operations have been compromised and what other sensitive materials may have fallen into the hands of those who wish to do us harm.

“Ministers have had 18 months to prepare for this moment. When the Foreign Secretary sits down in front of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee next week, he has serious questions to answer.”