| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Dominic Raab: Britain Will Not Recognize the Taliban But Sees Need to Have Direct Engagement

Western powers have been faced with a conundrum in the war-stricken country since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan on 15 August. Despite painstaking efforts that saw NATO countries airlift over 122,000 people out of Afghanistan, several hundred individuals still remain stranded in Afghanistan.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK will not recognise the Taliban, but acknowledged that there is a need to engage with the militant group.

Speaking at a press conference in Qatar, which has become a key negotiator with the Taliban, the foreign secretary said Britain’s priority is to now secure safe passage for the remaining UK citizens and Afghans who worked with Britain out of Afghanistan. Britain will provide a warm welcome to those Afghans who wish to come to the United Kingdom, the minister said.

During his visit to Qatar Raab held talks with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. The two discussed ways to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, preservation of regional stability as well as ways to ensure that the Taliban honors its commitments to a more inclusive government and not harboring terrorist groups.

Reopening of Kabul Airport

The most important topic on the agenda of Thursday’s talks is the reopening of the Kabul Airport. As mentioned earlier, western countries were unable to evacuate all of their citizens and allies in Afghanistan before the 31 August deadline, with several hundred people still remaining stranded in the war-ravaged nation.

  • Sputnik