It’s been truly devastating to watch the events unfolding in Afghanistan. Day by day we’ve seen heartbreaking scenes of men, women and children trying to leave.
Earlier in August Parliament was recalled so that the Prime Minister could update the House on the action the Government would take and has been taking since then.
The United Kingdom, and many in Cannock Chase, have played a huge role in Afghanistan over the past decades.
This is why the Prime Minister made clear we will do everything we can to help those in Afghanistan.
Under extreme and tense circumstances over 12,000 people have been evacuated and more than 7,300 eligible local staff and their families have been welcomed to the UK as part of the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy. We will continue this effort until the deadline.
The Government and local councils across the country are working to resettle the many thousands of Afghan nationals. We owe it to the brave men and women who worked with us on the frontline.
Right here in Cannock Chase we are playing our part. Already we have offered to support interpreters and their families to find new homes. As the Defence Secretary has said: “We have always made clear that nobody’s life should be put at risk because they supported the UK Government to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
The Government’s immediate priority has been on evacuations of British citizens and Afghan staff, but we will continue to work with the international community to agree a joint approach to respond to the situation in Afghanistan going forward.
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