Britain In Talks With Taliban Over «Safe Passage» Of Remaining Nationals.

Britain In Talks With Taliban Over 'Safe Passage' Of Remaining Nationals

Britain has opened talks with the Taliban.

London, United Kingdom:

Britain has opened talks with the Taliban over the "safe passage" of its remaining nationals and allies out of Afghanistan after the hardline Islamist group's quickfire takeover of the country last month.

The British government confirmed to AFP it has dispatched senior civil servant Simon Gass to meet with Taliban representatives in Doha.

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

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire after many Afghans who helped NATO -- and are eligible to move to Britain -- were believed to have been left stranded in Afghanistan, where they are at the mercy of the Taliban.

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," a government spokesperson told AFP on Wednesday.

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

The Taliban has pledged to allow Afghans to come and go in the face of calls from the international community to honour that commitment in the days after the US withdrawal on Tuesday.

More than 8,000 Afghans who helped NATO forces made it out of Afghanistan and the British government said they would be given indefinite leave to remain.

But criticism was levelled at the government for not evacuating hundreds more stuck in the war-torn country as the Taliban took control.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was also condemned by the opposition Labour party for not immediately leaving a beach holiday when the Taliban took control.

An unnamed British minister told the Sunday Times that he believed the UK could have evacuated "800-1,000 more people" in the chaotic airlift.

Johnson's government sought to extend the US withdrawal deadline of August 31 but ultimately failed to persuade President Joe Biden.

After the Taliban swept into Kabul in mid-August, the British premier said the Taliban must be judged on its "actions rather than by its words" and insisted Britain could not have remained in Afghanistan without American support.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
College Football Rolls On As Concerns Over Covid 'Super Spreader' Events Fade.

College Football Rolls On As Concerns Over Covid 'Super Spreader' Events Fade.

NBC News' Shaquille Brewster speaks to fans and medical experts about the silver lining surrounding the 2021 college football season.  » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful new...

Priti Patel gives statement on the death of Sir David Amess and faces questions on MPs security.

Priti Patel gives statement on the death of Sir David Amess and faces questions on MPs security.

Home Secretary Priti Patel gives a statement following the fatal stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess while meeting constituents. Patel said she did not want to see an end to face-to-face meetings with MPs, believing there should be a balan...

Laura Ingraham: Biden is asleep at the wheel

Laura Ingraham: Biden is asleep at the wheel

Costs are rising, an energy crisis is looming, his team is missing and the media who should be holding him accountable is just catching on #ingrahamangle #foxnews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX N...

Climate change fuels drought, starvation worldwide - DW News.

Climate change fuels drought, starvation worldwide - DW News.

Six years ago, the UN set the goal of ending world hunger by 2030. Back then it seemed like an attainable target, but not anymore. It's now estimated that over 800 million people around the world do not have enough to eat. The island of Madagascar...

California Residents Getting Deliveries, Drilling Deeper Wells To Get Water.

California Residents Getting Deliveries, Drilling Deeper Wells To Get Water.

NBC News' Jacob Ward speaks to residents in rural areas of California about how the drought has impacted their water usage as the state struggles with supply.  » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of in...

Watch live: Boris Johnson visits scene of MP Sir David Amess’s death as two properties searched.

Watch live: Boris Johnson visits scene of MP Sir David Amess’s death as two properties searched.

Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea. Police have declared the murder a terrorist incident and Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader have laid flowers at t...