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Friday, 19 April 2024
UK trying to ensure safe passage for those who want to leave Afghanistan

The BBC reported that the UK is seeking international agreement to ensure the Taliban sticks to its commitment to allow safe passage for Afghans and foreign nationals who want to leave Afghanistan.

A series of diplomatic meetings will be held this week with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab set to hold talks with Turkish and Qatari officials.

It comes as troops arrived back in the UK after ending their Afghan operation.

The government says it will continue to help people eligible for resettlement.

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It is feared that about 800 to 1,100 eligible Afghans, including those who worked for the UK government, and 100 to 150 British were unable to get on evacuation flights.

According to the Foreign Office, the UK and many other countries had been given assurances by the Taliban that foreign nationals and Afghan citizens with proper documentation will be allowed to leave the country.

Read more: UK’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan comes to an end

The BBC said, even if the Taliban is true to its word there is still uncertainty for those who are able to get to its borders as processing centres have yet to be set up in neighbouring countries.

During the series of meetings to be held on Monday officials will try to rally the international community to make sure the group keeps its promises.

Mr Raab will use a US-chaired virtual meeting to talk to representatives from Turkey and Qatar, who are considered to have more influence over the militant group than Western nations.

Source: BBC