‘It was SIX years ago that I raised it.’ Widdecombe is furious with Raab for failing to save Afghan interpreters.
FORMER Ann Widdecombe, a member of the European Parliament, believes that a plan to save Afghan translators should have been developed years ago.
Ann Widdecombe chastised Dominic Raab for failing to save all Afghan interpreters who assisted the UK throughout their 20-year campaign in Afghanistan. The Jeremy Vine panelist called his failure a “disgrace,” noting that she had requested a flight out of the country for former British aides six years prior. Thousands of Afghans have been evacuated from Kabul since the capital fell into Taliban hands, but Foreign Secretary Ben Wallace and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace both admitted that not everyone will make it out alive.
Ms Widdecombe first chastised US President Joe Biden for his hasty exit from Afghanistan, saying, “I think it’s absurd for anyone to sell that horrible humiliation as a win.”
“Without sufficient preparation, he came out at a breakneck speed. “I believe we should save the translators since their lives are in jeopardy.”
“It’s all well and good to say, ‘We went to such great lengths to get the translators out.’
“We did it at the last minute!” says the group.
“I raised this in the Express six years ago!” she continued.
“What were we doing for the translators?” says the narrator.
“And we attempted to complete the task in the previous few weeks.
“Now that, to my perspective, is a disgrace,” she added.
The Foreign Affairs Committee will question Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday on his management of the UK’s departure from Afghanistan.
The United Kingdom has evacuated around 17,000 people from Afghanistan since April.
Hundreds of Afghan translators who worked for the UK, on the other hand, have been told they will not be permitted into the country because they constitute a “national security threat.”
With Kabul’s airport closed, private initiatives to assist Afghans who feared Taliban retaliation centered on organizing safe transit over the country’s land borders with Iran, Pakistan, and Central Asian countries.
“A significant number of people are waiting on the Afghanistan side for the gate to open,” a Pakistani official said at Torkham, a key border crossing with Pakistan immediately east of the Khyber Pass.
Witnesses say tens of thousands gathered at the Islam Qala border post with Iran.
“I believed that being with Iranian security troops gave Afghans a sense of security when they entered Iran.”Brinkwire Summary News”.