Dominic Raab has flown to Qatar for talks about evacuating British nationals and interpreters from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.
Mr Raab will focus on the feasibility of a functioning airport in Kabul – both for constitution or industrial flights – and the secure passage of international nationals and Afghans throughout land borders.
Whereas in Qatar, he will even meet the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, and deputy prime minister and international minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani.
The British Embassy to Afghanistan has been briefly relocated and is now up and working in Doha.
The international secretary will meet Dr Martin Longden, who arrived in Qatar on Wednesday and is briefly in cost whereas the ambassador, Laurie Bristow, takes a short while off following his efforts aiding the UK’s evacuation.
Dr Longden is working alongside the prime minister’s particular envoy for Afghan Transition, Sir Simon Gass, who has been primarily based within the area for the final couple of weeks.
Mr Raab left the UK hours after he was questioned by MPs within the Overseas Affairs Choose Committee on the occasions in central Asia.
He stated he was “not confident with any precision” on how many individuals eligible to return to the UK have been left in Afghanistan – though he claimed the variety of British nationals is within the “low a whole bunch”.
The UK has stated it’s eager to work with Qatar and different worldwide companions to make sure the Taliban authorities bear down on terrorist threats, facilitate humanitarian entry and defend human rights – particularly these of girls and ladies.
Earlier than he left the nation, the international secretary spoke to his Indian counterpart Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and thanked him for serving to to safe a UN Safety Council decision on Afghanistan.
Qatar was the house to the Taliban‘s political operation from 2013 and is encouraging dialogue with the militants regardless of not recognising them as the federal government of Afghanistan.
In the meantime, Overseas Workplace minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon will journey to Tajikistan to speak concerning the security of these getting into the nation from neighbouring Afghanistan.
A leaked doc, seen by ministers on 22 July and now proven to Sky Information, warned the federal government that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would lead to “rapid Taliban advances”.
The Conservative chairman of the Overseas Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, learn extracts of the Principal Threat Register report back to MPs as Mr Raab was questioned for nearly two hours concerning the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The document had stressed the move might result in “the autumn of cities”, the “collapse of safety forces” and that the embassy “might have to shut if safety deteriorates”.
Requested concerning the report, Mr Raab informed the committee: “The central evaluation that we have been working to – and it was actually backed up by the JIC (Joint Intelligence Committee) and the navy – is that the more than likely, the central proposition, was that given the troop withdrawal by the top of August, you’d see a gradual deterioration from that time, and it was unlikely Kabul would fall this 12 months.”
A spokesperson for the Overseas Workplace stated it’s “merely flawed and deceptive to recommend this doc is any method at odds with our detailed assessments of the scenario in Afghanistan or our public place all through the disaster”.