Calls for Foreign Secretary to quit as he is accused of failing to ‘perform his basic duties’

Calls for Foreign Secretary to quit as he is accused of failing to ‘perform his basic duties’

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is facing calls to resign or be sacked by the Prime Minister as he is accused of failing to help Aghan translators flee Afghanistan.

Raab was reportedly “unavailable” when officials suggested that he “urgently” call the Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar on Friday.

Two days later the Taliban took over Kabul, as Raab was on holiday on the Greek Island of Crete.

Labour, the SNP, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru have all made calls for the Foreign Secretary to either step down from his position or be sacked by the Prime Minister.

Raab was asked by reporters in Downing Street if he is going to resign, hs said “No.”

The Defence Secretary Ben wallace argued that having the phone call with his counterpart would have not made “any difference whatsoever” as the afghan government was “melting away quicker than ice.”

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wrote on Twitter, “Who wouldn’t make a phone call if they were told it could save somebody’s life?”

Lisa Nandy the Shadow Home Secretary accused Raab “Of “yet another catastrophic failure of judgment”.

Nandy added, “If Dominic Raab doesn’t have the decency to resign, the Prime Minister must show a shred of leadership and sack him.”

Wallace told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, “Last Friday, the Afghan government was melting away quicker than ice and a phone call to an Afghan minister at that moment in time would have not made a difference.

“I do know for sure because, last Friday, what we were absolutely worried about and were unsure about is whether the airport would remain open. That was at the front of everyone’s mind.

“Without a functioning airport, we were going to get nobody out, no matter how many phone calls you made to a disappearing government, I can tell you that for sure.

“You can speculate whether the phone call should or shouldn’t have been made, but it wouldn’t have been a blind bit of difference.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said, “Dominic Raab has failed to perform his basic duties as Foreign Secretary and he has put people’s lives at risk. His position is completely untenable and he must resign, or be sacked.”

Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran said, “Dominic Raab must resign today. If he does not, the Prime Minister should finally show some leadership, and sack him.

“Right now, there are interpreters across Afghanistan who are surrounded by the Taliban and fearing the worst.

“All the Foreign Secretary had to do was leave the beach and pick up the phone. He did not.

“He has shamed Britain and is no longer fit to represent our country.”

Published at Thu, 19 Aug 2021 11:47:50 +0000

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