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United Kingdom: Returning to Afghanistan is not an option

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British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday that returning his country’s forces to Afghanistan was not a “possible option”.

This is what emerges from an interview with the British channel Sky News, on the control of the Taliban over the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday evening.

Wallace said: “We are saddened by the fall of Kabul, noting that his country has no plans to return to Afghanistan again, despite recent developments.”

He stressed that now was not the time to make a decision on recognizing the Taliban as an Afghan government, but acknowledged that they had controlled Afghanistan.

The British Defense Minister claimed that 370 members of his nationals had been evacuated in the past two days and that the embassy in Kabul had been closed and evacuated.

Many countries began evacuating their nationals from Afghanistan after the Taliban movement took control of large areas of the country, including the capital, Kabul, on Sunday evening.

The Taliban took control of almost the entire country in just over a week, despite the billions of dollars the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had spent in close proximity. 20 years to set up the Afghan security forces.

The Taliban movement has said it will soon announce the establishment of the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” from the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, according to the Associated Press (AP).

* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni

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