UK in talks with Taliban to evacuate British citizens, Afghans

Envoy travels to Doha for talks with Taliban on securing safe passage out of Afghanistan for remaining British nationals and allies.

Members of the British armed forces disembark a C-17 aircraft after landing at Brize Norton, near Oxford, Britain, August 29, 2021 [Peter Nicholls/Pool via Reuters]
The United Kingdom has opened talks with the Taliban to secure “safe passage” out of Afghanistan for its citizens and Afghans who have worked for the British government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special representative for Afghan transition, Simon Gass, flew to Doha, Qatar, to meet Taliban representatives, according to a government statement late on Tuesday.

Much of the Taliban’s senior leadership lived in exile in the Qatari capital until the overthrow of Afghanistan’s Western-backed government after 20 years of war.

Gass “is meeting with senior Taliban representatives to underline the importance of safe passage out of Afghanistan for British nationals, and those Afghans who have worked with us over the past twenty years,” the statement said.

It is the first publicly disclosed statement about diplomacy between London and the Taliban since UK joined the United States in the mammoth airlift of more than 100,000 people out of the country after the Afghan military’s capitulation.

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