UK MPs debate crisis as former Afghan president meets Taliban commander


Afghanistan: ‘It’s an illusion’ – PM says no appetite among countries for new military action in Afghanistan


Afghanistan: ‘It’s an illusion’ – PM says no appetite among countries for new military action in Afghanistan

The collapse of Afghanistan’s government happened faster “than even the Taliban predicted”, the prime minister has told MPs, but he denied the UK had been caught “unawares” by the militant group’s takeover of the country.

Opening a recalled session of parliament to discuss the crisis in AfghanistanBoris Johnson claimed it was “not true” to say the UK was “unprepared” for or “did not foresee” events in the south Asian country.

 

“It was certainly part of our planning,” the PM said.

“The very difficult logistical operation for the withdrawal of UK nationals has been under preparation for many months, and I can tell the House that the decision to commission the emergency handling centre at the airport took place two weeks ago.”

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