UK foreign minister travels to Qatar for Afghan safe passage talks – Times of India

LONDON: UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab will meet the Amir of Qatar and the Qatari foreign minister in Doha on Thursday to focus on the scenario in Afghanistan and safe safe passage for British nationals and Afghan supporters from the battle-torn nation, the foreign, commonwealth and growth workplace (FCDO) mentioned.
The FCDO mentioned the cupboard minister’s resolution to go to Doha first on a visit to the area displays the “high-profile” function the Qataris have performed with regard to Afghanistan in recent times, together with internet hosting the Taliban political workplace in Doha since 2013.
The prospect of getting Kabul airport up and operating and safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans throughout land borders is claimed to be on prime of the agenda for his go to to Qatar. The Gulf state has already begun discussions about how finest to guarantee safety at Kabul airport.
In Doha, Raab will meet the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, and deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani.
“The foreign secretary will seek Qatari views on the feasibility of a functioning airport in Kabul, either for charter or commercial flights, which would provide a vital route for remaining UK nationals and Afghans most at risk to leave the country,” the FCDO mentioned.
“The UK is keen to work with Qatar and other international partners to help deliver our priorities – ensuring that the Taliban government will bear down on the threat from ISKP (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province] and Al Qaeda and honouring their commitment in the Doha agreement to prevent Afghanistan soil being used to threaten the security of other countries; facilitating humanitarian access; and protecting human rights, especially those of women and girls,” it famous.
Raab’s journey to Doha comes a day after he confronted intense questioning by British MPs on the parliamentary foreign affairs committee (FAC) in regards to the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and his personal selections within the lead up to the Taliban takeover final month.
The foreign secretary defended his dealing with of the disaster, saying the UK was “caught out” by the velocity of the autumn of Kabul to the Taliban, with intelligence on the time suggesting it could maintain out till the top of the 12 months.
The British embassy to Afghanistan, which has been briefly relocated to Qatar till it may be re-established in Afghanistan, is now up and operating in Doha.
During his go to, Raab will meet Dr Martin Longden, who arrived in Doha on Wednesday and is briefly in cost whereas the Ambassador, Laurie Bristow, takes a short while off following an intensive and sustained interval of work on the UK evacuation effort.
Longden’s quick priorities are to meet worldwide companions in Qatar and construct up the Embassy crew, the FCDO mentioned.
Longden is working alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Special Envoy for Afghan Transition, Sir Simon Gass, who has been primarily based within the area for the final couple of weeks.
Gass will debrief the foreign secretary on the talks he has held in current days with senior Taliban political representatives. He will even replace him on a gathering of G7 Special Representatives convened by Gass in Doha earlier this week and on his assembly with the Chinese particular consultant on Wednesday.
In talks with the Taliban, Gass is claimed to have emphasised the significance of them permitting “safe passage for those seeking to leave Afghanistan; of standing by their commitments to address the threat from terrorism; and of the importance of an inclusive government that respects human rights, particularly those of women and girls”.
The final UK aircraft flying folks out of Kabul took off on Saturday, with the US following on days later to stick to the 31 August deadline pledged by US President Joe Biden.
The UK authorities has mentioned greater than 17,000 folks had been evacuated by the UK from Afghanistan thus far, together with over 5,000 UK nationals. But it’s feared tons of eligible for relocation had been left behind, though Raab mentioned he believed the quantity of UK nationals nonetheless in Afghanistan was within the “low hundreds”.

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