Some embassy staff remain in Afghanistan.
August 27, 2021 at 2:29 pm
London. British politicians sharply criticized British diplomats on Friday over allegations they left details of Afghan embassy staff in Kabul during the evacuation of the embassy grounds, which is now guarded by the Taliban. It was reported to Agence France-Presse.
They left hundreds of people in the country
The revelation came as the UK admitted it had left hundreds of Afghans in the Central Asian country to be evacuated during a rushed evacuation.
In an article by experienced war journalist Anthony Lloyd, The Times front page reports that the journalist found untorn documents detailing contacts with Afghan co-workers and job seekers during a tour of the Taliban-guarded campus.
The newspaper called the numbers found and found that some employees were still in Afghanistan trying to leave the country. The newspaper handed over the documents to the British Foreign Office for the evacuation of these Afghans.
Britain’s Defense Secretary, Ben Wallace, told LBC he learned of this from a front-page article. “This is certainly not true,” he said, adding, “I think the prime minister will want to ask some questions.”
They left Kabul in a hurry
Wallace said Britain planned to complete the evacuation flights within hours, and that 800-100 Afghans with the right to move under the British system had “failed”.
The chairman of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, wrote on Twitter that the committee would investigate the article in The Times. “We will certainly use this evidence,” he added.
The newspaper wrote that documents spread across the country show that “the British embassy staff did not care about the lives of the Afghan employees who are rushing to save their lives.”
The fate of the workers is unknown
The newspaper added that its reporters passed on contact details to senior foreign ministry officials at Kabul airport, who had flown the three Afghan co-workers named in the documents, as well as their families – until then they were waiting in front of the airport because the sector could not be entered under British control.
The Times reported that the fate of at least two people interested in working as a translator is unknown.
The British Foreign Office responded to the case by saying that during the embassy evacuation “workers did their best to destroy sensitive materials”.
The British ambassador to Kabul, Laurie Bristow, has previously been given credit for her stay in Afghanistan and setting up an office at Kabul airport with embassy staff to help with evacuations.
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