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Britain’s evacuation from Afghanistan last summer was “a disaster and a betrayal” for Britain’s allies, according to a parliamentary report released on Tuesday. The text criticizes “lack of seriousness in coordination, lack of clear decision making, lack of leadership and lack of responsibility”.
It is not just the US failure with regards to the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan. A parliamentary report, published on Tuesday, 24 May, confronts the flaws and “systemic failures” of British diplomacy.
In the wake of the US withdrawal following the Taliban’s return to power in August, the United Kingdom had evacuated 15,000 people from Afghanistan.
The report criticized, “The conduct of our withdrawal from Afghanistan has proved to be a disaster and a betrayal of our allies that will harm the interests of the United Kingdom for years to come.” He specifically condemns the complete lack of plans to evacuate Afghans who support the British mission in the country “without being directly employed by London”.
“The British side in this tragedy revealed a lack of seriousness in coordination, a lack of clear decision-making, a lack of leadership and a lack of responsibility”, condemned Conservative MP Tom Tugendat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, in a press release.
In the current context, “our diplomacy and our security cannot be so confused and so unstructured”, she condemns the “serious systemic failures at the heart of Britain’s foreign policy”, particularly the absence of the then Minister of Foreign Affairs. condemn the. , Dominic Raab, and the department’s top civil servant, Philip Barton.
restore diplomatic relations with the Taliban
Among other things, the report strongly criticized the “lack of a solid prioritization system” in evacuations, which allowed an animal protection association to pass through after an intervention whose origin could not be determined. , and to leave the country with dogs and cats when many potentially threatened Afghans have failed to do so.
According to the report, the case is part of a “wider problem of transparency and accountability within the department”, which believes that the answers given to the commission are “willfully evasive and often deliberately misleading”.
“Parliament can hold the government accountable only if it is confident that it will get honest answers to its questions,” the report said.
For the future, the report calls on the government to restore diplomatic relations with the ruling Taliban in Kabul as soon as possible, emphasizing that “attempts to completely isolate the new regime can only harm the Afghan people.” And can leave a void.” to be filled by China”.
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