Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson will conduct further crisis talks on the Afghanistan panic situation, his office said on Sunday, as he simultaneously recalls the parliament from its summer break.
A Downing Street spokesperson averred: Johnson had called a meeting of the COBR emergencies committee to discuss the situation, which follows the withdrawal of US-led forces, the second such meeting in three days.
Parliament on Sunday added that “It had approved Johnson’s request to call back MPs on Wednesday for an urgent debate on what Britain, which lost 457 troops in the two-decade-long war, should do next.”
“Just because the Americans won’t, does not mean to say that we should be tied to the thinking, the political judgement — particularly when it is so wrong — of our closest security ally. “We could prevent this, otherwise history will judge us very, very harshly in not stepping in,” he further warned.
Ellwood added that “The government could deploy the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group to provide air support.”
He mentioned the crisis to be “the biggest single policy disaster since Suez”.
– ‘Deeply shocking’ –
Johnson vowed on Friday that Britain will not “turn our backs” on Afghanistan, even as he confirmed the imminent withdrawal of most embassy staff in the face of a rapid Taliban onslaught.
However, he averred that: those calling for an intervention “have got to be realistic about the power of the UK or any power to impose a military solution — a combat solution — in Afghanistan”. Johnson said the “vast bulk” of remaining embassy staff in Kabul would return to the UK.
The Foreign Office announced on Sunday that, “Britain had temporarily suspended most operations at its embassy in Kabul and was doing all we can to enable remaining British nationals, and those Afghans who have worked for us and who are eligible for relocation, to leave Afghanistan.”
Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer endorsed the move to recall parliament, through an official statement: “The situation in Afghanistan is deeply shocking and seems to be worsening by the hour.”
“The government has been silent while Afghanistan collapses, which let’s be clear will have ramifications for us here in the UK. We need parliament recalled so the government can update MPs on how it plans to work with allies to avoid a humanitarian crisis and a return to the days of Afghanistan being a base for extremists.”
“Most of the remaining British troops assigned to the NATO mission in Afghanistan left last month”, said Johnson.