By Deirdre Tynan • 16 August 2021 • 13:56
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Politicians in the UK are calling for an urgent NATO meeting to be held as Afghanistan descends into chaos.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for meetings of NATO’s North Atlantic Council and the UN Security Council to take place as soon as possible to enable high-level international discussions on Afghanistan.
Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary also said, “The horror unfolding in Afghanistan is a tragedy on an immense scale. With the Taliban advancing across the country, and troops now deployed to evacuate British nationals, it is hard to look at the current situation as anything other than an unfolding humanitarian disaster.
“The Afghan people are facing the consequences of long-term strategic failures to forge a lasting political settlement, engage regional partners and build up Afghan government capacity and legitimacy. That has put at risk what so many British soldiers, coalition forces and Afghans have bravely fought for and threatens a return to the cruelty of the past, especially for women and girls across Afghanistan.
“This is not inevitable and we are not powerless. The Government must examine all possible measures it can take to back the Afghan army so they have the means and support to fight back. There should be an emergency meeting of NATO to explore what steps could be taken in step with our allies to arrest the Taliban’s advance. The Government should call an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, to engage regional partners and rally support for the Afghan government. And Britain must play our role in international efforts to support refugees, including safe and legal routes,” she added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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