Boris Johnson says he “completely” has confidence in Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab – and insisted the federal government is working “just about across the clock” to assist evacuate individuals from Afghanistan.
Talking after a gathering of the federal government’s emergency COBRA committee on Friday afternoon, Mr Johnson dismissed criticism of Mr Raab’s summer time vacation as Afghanistan’s capital Kabul fell to the Taliban.
“I can inform you that the entire of the federal government has been working just about across the clock hitting the telephones to do what we are able to,” the prime minister mentioned.
“I am not going to fake to you that it is simple. As you possibly can think about, challenges are formidable.”
The PM mentioned the operation to evacuate British residents and Afghan individuals who had labored alongside British forces was within the “first section”, including that “efforts are actually beginning to repay”.
He mentioned that he was additionally “happy with the response thus far” on efforts to relocate Afghan staff within the UK after they fled the Taliban.
“The scenario is precarious, be in little question – all people can see the logistical difficulties,” he mentioned.
Talking in regards to the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, he mentioned “this was by no means going to be a straightforward second”.
Earlier on Friday, Mr Johnson met with a few of the former Afghan workers who have been employed by the UK of their nation and who’ve since been resettled in Britain below the Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP).
Mr Johnson mentioned in a tweet: “They labored side-by-side with us and we stood by them and ensured their security.
“We’re working tirelessly to assist these within the nation to whom we owe a debt of obligation.”