By Deirdre Tynan • 19 August 2021 • 13:18
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
The Labour Party has called on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to resign following reports he was “too busy” to make vital calls to his Afghan counterpart as the Taliban advanced on Kabul.
“What could possibly have been more important than safeguarding the legacy of two decades of sacrifice and hard-won victories in Afghanistan? While the Foreign Secretary lay on a sun lounger, the Taliban advanced on Kabul and 20 years of progress was allowed to unravel in a matter of hours,” said Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary.
“The Foreign Secretary should be ashamed and the Prime Minister has serious questions to answer over why he remains in the job.
“How can Boris Johnson allow the Foreign Secretary to continue in his role after yet another catastrophic failure of judgement? If Dominic Raab doesn’t have the decency to resign, the Prime Minister must show a shred of leadership and sack him,” she added on August 19.
According to The Telegraph, Raab asked “Zac Goldsmith, a junior minister, to call the Afghan foreign minister about an airlift of Afghan translators and other staff who had worked with British forces, rather than taking the call himself.”
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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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