John Major says the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is “very nonsense”

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has called the government’s failure to expel all Afghans who worked for Britain “shameful” and said it was “strategically stupid” to withdraw troops from the country.

At a FTWeekend ceremony on Saturday, the former Tory leader said the decision to leave Afghanistan was “morally bad but practically bad”.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb returned to the UK after an emergency diplomatic tour of Qatar and Pakistan, seeking to ensure the safe passage of those staying in Kabul.

Sir John launched an attack on the current cabinet, he told those attending the London event, ‘It is a shame that we have not been able to eliminate those who worked for us in a capacity or worked to implement the changes. The Taliban will not agree in Afghanistan.

He added that withdrawing Allied forces “brutally and unnecessarily in my opinion” would be “a disgrace to the reputation of the West” for at least a lifetime.

Mr Robb said in an emergency session of the House of Commons’ foreign affairs committee on Wednesday that it was “uncertain how many Britons and Afghans were eligible for the Arab program (resettlement and assistance policy Afghanistan) in Afghanistan after the end of British aviation.” Mission

There are fears that thousands of Afghans, their relatives and other vulnerable civilians who helped British forces in the south-central country will continue to be trapped by the US decision to withdraw their troops.

Sir John condemned US President Joe Biden for insisting that his troops leave the country as soon as possible before the August 31 deadline he sent to Afghanistan after two decades.

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“Leaving it like this will tarnish the reputation of the West, it will last a very long time and of course we have brought the people of Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban for the rest of their lives,” he added. The former prime minister said.

Of the more than 15,000 people expelled from the UK since August 13, more than 8,000 were former Afghan employees and their families. However, it is estimated that 1,100 Afghans will be considered eligible, although this is less than the actual number, and the UK wants to help.

Foreign Minister Rob held talks in Pakistan to discuss crossing the land border for the protection of British citizens and Afghan citizens. He traveled to Qatar to discuss the reopening of Kabul airport.

In a tweet on Friday evening, Mr Rob wrote: “I have held meetings with key partners in Qatar and Pakistan to support the people of Afghanistan, to prevent them from becoming a haven for terrorists, to respond to the humanitarian situation and to safeguard regional stability. ”

As the House of Commons returns from its summer vacation on Monday, he and Boris Johnson are expected to explain their response to the crisis and put more pressure on how more people can be helped to leave the country.

Mr Rob was criticized last month for spending a holiday in Crete when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister was also invited to a holiday in Somerset, southwest England – he returned when the crisis subsided – and the No. 10 spokesman later said it was not a holiday. Johnson also said he “continued to work.” ”.

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At a recent Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, a multi-party MP addressed the Foreign Minister.

Additional reports of PA

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