London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Britain would work with the Taliban if necessary following the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan, and he defended his foreign minister, who has faced criticism for his handling of the situation.
“What I want to assure people is that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution for Afghanistan will continue, working with the Taliban if necessary,” Johnson told the media.
Johnson said the situation at Kabul airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans have flocked in search of a way out of the country, was improving “slightly.”
Since Saturday, the British government has secured the evacuation of 1,615 people, including 399 British nationals and their dependents, 320 embassy staff, and 402 Afghans.
When asked if he still had faith in Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has faced calls for his resignation over his handling of the crisis, he replied, “Absolutely.” Reuters