Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Britain would cooperate with the Taliban if necessary after militants conquered Afghanistan, defending his foreign minister who has come under fire for his handling of the situation.
“What I want to assure the people is that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution to Afghanistan will continue, of course in cooperation with the Taliban if necessary,” Johnson told media.
Johnson said the situation at the Kabul airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans have gathered in search of exodus from the country, got “slightly better”.
The British government said it had secured the evacuation of 1,615 people since Saturday, including 399 British citizens and their dependents, 320 embassy staff and 402 Afghans.
When asked if he still had faith in Secretary of State Dominic Raab, who faced calls for his resignation from opponents for his response to the crisis, he said: “Absolutely”.
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