Parliament report criticizing British evacuation from Afghanistan

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According to a parliamentary report released on Tuesday, Britain’s evacuation from Afghanistan last summer was a “disaster and betrayal” of Britain’s allies. The text criticizes “a lack of seriousness in coordination, a lack of clear decision-making, a lack of leadership and a lack of responsibility.”

It is not only American failure that characterizes the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan. A parliamentary report, published on Tuesday, 24 May, revealed flaws and “systematic failures” of British diplomacy.

In the wake of the US withdrawal followed by the Taliban’s return to power in August, the UK evacuated 15,000 people from Afghanistan.

The report criticizes that “the behavior of our withdrawal from Afghanistan has proven to be a disaster and betrayal of our allies and will harm the interests of the United Kingdom for years to come.” In particular, he deplored the “complete absence of a plan to evacuate the Afghans who supported the British mission in the country” without being directly employed by London.

In a press statement, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, an MP from the Conservative Party, denounced, “The British side in this tragedy reveals the lack of seriousness in coordination, the lack of clarity in decision-making, the lack of leadership and the lack of responsibility.” Tom Tugendhat.

In the current context, “our diplomacy and our security cannot be so confused and disorganized,” he continues, denouncing the “serious systemic failures at the heart of UK foreign policy,” notably the absence of the then Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, and the Chief of Service Civic in Ministry, Philip Barton.

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Restoration of diplomatic relations with the Taliban

Among other things, the report is highly critical of the “lack of a robust prioritization system” in evacuations, which allowed the Animal Protection Society to go ahead after an unsourced intervention. and leaving the country with dogs and cats when many Afghans failed to do so.

The case is part of a “wider problem of transparency and accountability within the department,” according to the report, which considers the answers given to the committee to be “deliberately evasive at best, and often deliberately misleading.”

The report said: “Parliament can hold the government accountable only if it is confident that it will receive honest answers to its questions.”

Regarding the future, the report called on the government to restore diplomatic relations with the ruling Taliban movement in Kabul as soon as possible, stressing that “attempts to completely isolate the new regime will only harm the Afghan people and leave a vacuum.” to be filled by China.

with AFP

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