UK Reportedly Plans to Evacuate Ambassador From Afghanistan, End Diplomatic Presence There
23:12 GMT 14.08.2021 (Updated: 15:24 GMT 28.05.2023)
© AP Photo / Rahmat GulIn this file photo dated Wednesday, March 25, 2020, British troops with NATO-led Resolute Support Mission forces travel, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dozens of former military commanders are calling on the U.K. government to relocate more of the Afghans who worked with British troops over the last 20 years, arguing that they are likely to be murdered by the Taliban as foreign forces pull out. Retired Gen. Richard Dannatt, the former chief of the General Staff, and other senior leaders of the campaign in Afghanistan, are urging the government to expand its relocation program to include interpreters and other support staff who were dismissed for minor infractions.
© AP Photo / Rahmat Gul
LONDON (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom will evacuate its ambassador from Afghanistan and end its diplomatic presence in the country over the advance of the Islamist Taliban* movement (banned in Russia) toward the capital of Kabul, The Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed sources.
The evacuation is being prepared as London fears that the Taliban could seize Kabul within a few days.
"We will not maintain a diplomatic presence. There is no trust the Taliban will honour any assurances,” the source told The Sunday Times.
UK Ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow will be evacuated by Monday evening, according to The Sunday Times.
The newspaper stressed that initially, the UK Foreign Office wanted to keep some of its officials, including Bristow, at the Kabul Airport, but those plans were revised due to the threat of the airport's seizure by the Taliban.
Afghanistan is seeing a spike in violence now as the Taliban have stepped up their offensive after international troops started a gradual withdrawal from the country, originally scheduled to be completed by September 11.
The pullout was stipulated in an agreement between the Taliban and the United States signed in Doha in February 2020.
*The Taliban is a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries