Alastair Campbell insists that the UK must deal with the Taliban while maintaining a low level of leverage.
As the last evacuation flight from Kabul has gone, ALASTAIR CAMPBELL has encouraged the UK government to talk with the Taliban.
Alastair Campbell, a British political strategist, has urged the UK government to cooperate with the Taliban, despite the UK’s “limited leverage.” It happened after the final British troops were evacuated from Afghanistan, bringing the UK’s 20-year military presence in the country to an end.
“I accept that in relation to the Northern Ireland process, which I was very, very closely involved in,” Alastair Campbell said on the Jeremy Vine show.
“At the end of the day, it was resolved. Regrettably, it is now in jeopardy once more, but it was resolved via communication and negotiation.
“However, dealing with the limited leverage that you have is a part of the process.”
“I think it would be a terrible mistake to do that right now,” he continued. “I haven’t seen the story about Johnson saying come and have an embassy now-I think that would be a terrible mistake to do that right now if it’s true.”
“Because leverage is finite, you must make the most of it.
“However, as a country, it does have an impact on our strategic interests and security interests.”
“So we have to be engaged,” Mr Campbell concluded.
“The question is how extensive that participation will be and how quickly it will be formalized.”
On Saturday, the final evacuation flight left Kabul, bringing the UK’s 20-year military presence in Afghanistan to a conclusion.
More than 15,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 14.
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The UK’s withdrawal, according to Boris Johnson, is “the culmination of a mission unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes.”
“UK troops and officials have worked around the clock to a remorseless deadline in distressing conditions,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement following the evacuation of the last UK personnel.
“They’ve witnessed firsthand savage terrorist strikes on the lines of people they were attempting to console, as well as on our American allies.
“It is because of their heroic efforts that our country has now processed, checked, vetted, and evacuated more than 15,000 individuals to safety in less than 24 hours.”Brinkwire Summary News”.