Friday 20 August 2021 / 3:24 PM Afghanistan / Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Raab’s failure to call Afghan counterpart “simply doesn’t add up” – Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the Foreign Secretary’s statement confirming he failed to call his Afghan counterpart over evacuating translators who helped UK forces, said:

“This simply doesn’t add up. It should have been an absolute priority to speak to the Afghan government and set out the immediate actions necessary to ensure the safe evacuation of Britons and Afghans.

“Who knows how many more people might have been saved in the hours leading up to the fall of Kabul if the Foreign Secretary had made the call he was advised to. To suggest it was too late to stop the capital falling to the Taliban is not a defence, but a shameful admission of his own failure to act sooner.

“The Foreign Secretary’s statement fails to refute a single fact that has been reported – it serves only to confirm his decision to abdicate responsibility and grossly neglect his duties.”