Afghanistan: Greater than 100 guards at British embassy in Kabul advised they don’t seem to be eligible for UK safety – report

British citizens and dual nationals residing in Afghanistan board a military plane for evacuation from Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 16, 2021, in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on August 17, 2021. LPhot Ben Shread/UK MOD Crown copyright 2021/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. FACES BLURRED AT SOURCE

2021-08-20 06:52:00

Leaving embassy employees with out UK safety is “a shameful betrayal” the Labour celebration has mentioned, after stories that greater than 100 guards on the British embassy in Kabul had been advised they don’t seem to be eligible.

Based on a report within the Guardian, the employees won’t be supported by the UK as a result of they had been employed by a contractor.

A lot of the 125 safety personnel employed by GardaWorld – a few of whom have labored on the embassy for a decade – have been given discover that they not have jobs, the report says.

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British passport holders amongst queues to depart Kabul

In response, a International Workplace spokesperson mentioned: “We’re clear there’s completely no professional foundation to stop civilians from travelling to security.

“We’re monitoring the scenario with GardaWorld intently and stay involved with them to offer any required help.”

Labour’s shadow dwelling secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds mentioned: “To go away over 100 guards on the British Embassy in Kabul with out safety is a shameful betrayal of courageous Afghans who’ve risked their lives serving alongside our representatives in Afghanistan.

“Ministers must be ashamed. They don’t seem to be dwelling as much as our obligations as a rustic and are trashing Britain’s status all over the world.

“Their gross negligence is placing lives at grave danger. They have to U-turn on this – urgently”, he added.

“But once more the international secretary has made a harmful blunder. He ought to have resigned at present and if he’s – dishonourably – refusing to go, the prime minister ought to sack him instantly.”

Dominic Raab has resisted calls to resign as international secretary after he declined to talk to the Afghan international minister whereas on vacation because the Taliban closed in on Kabul.

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British passport holders await rescue

Sky Information understands that the Ministry of Defence shouldn’t be letting contractors know they may very well be eligible for assist beneath the Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP) scheme, however individuals and corporations are anticipated to use for it themselves.

The scheme affords relocation or different help to present and former regionally employed employees in Afghanistan to mirror the altering scenario within the nation, in keeping with the federal government’s web site.

Underneath the brand new scheme, these deemed to be at critical danger of risk to life shall be supplied precedence relocation to the UK no matter their employment standing, rank or function, or size of time served.

The UK has promised to soak up 20,000 Afghan refugees, with navy flights arriving at RAF Brize Norton every day.

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