British officials will use the remaining “hourly” to maximize the number of people evacuating Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Wednesday.
The British government is working “as soon as possible” to evacuate people at Kabul Airport, Raab told BBC Radio 4 today’s program, adding that 2,000 people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours.
“We use the time and days needed to maximize throughput every day and take out as many of these remaining cases as possible. We keep going every day and every time we leave. I’m going, “he said.
The Pentagon has said that 9,226 people have been evacuated by Britain since August 13, but fears that thousands may still remain.
Britain and many of its allies wanted more time to evacuate their citizens and vulnerable Afghans abroad. Prime Minister Boris Johnson convened an emergency G7 summit on Tuesday, urging US President Joe Biden to extend the deadline on August 31st.
However, Biden denies the request, saying it is his preference for the U.S. military to leave on August 31, as it puts them at risk from terrorist attacks from a terrorist group known as ISIS-K. Did.
was there suggestion The British operation would have to end on Friday. Former defense staff chief Sir David Richards said he was “quite confident” that the British Army would only have two days to continue its civilian rescue operations.
Rab declined to state when the last British flight would leave Kabul. He states: “Military planners are working in the limited amount of time needed to reduce personnel and equipment, so they will solidify those details.”
Talking to Sky News, the Foreign Minister was forced to defend his vacation on Crete before and during the fall of Kabul.
Labor, the SNP, the Liberal Democratic Party, and Prad Camry are all calling for Rab to resign or be dismissed by the Prime Minister.
Rab declined the call to resign, but said, “Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, I wouldn’t leave.”
Masooma Haq, Simon Veazey, and PA contributed to this report.