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Britain's foreign minister is in trouble.. he went on vacation despite the fall of Kabul

Britain’s foreign minister is in trouble.. he went on vacation despite the fall of Kabul

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been subjected to a wave of criticism over the past few days, after it was found that he had completed his leave despite the dramatic developments that were taking place in the Afghan capital, where hundreds of British soldiers and Afghan translators are cooperating with them.

However, he refused to resign after the Labor Party called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to dismiss him for keeping him on holiday despite the Taliban’s advance on Kabul.

On Friday, Raab defended his reaction to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, saying that media coverage of his actions had been inaccurate and that the government had worked hard to evacuate citizens and those wishing to leave.

Vacation in a luxury hotel

In the details, according to what British media reported today, Raab continued his vacation with his family in a five-star hotel on the island of Crete, while the Taliban movement was recording many gains and advancing towards the capital to control it, despite the calls of foreign officials to urge him to contact the Foreign Minister. Afghan Hanif Atmar in order to coordinate the transfer of some staff and collaborators from Afghanistan.

However, the British minister told the officials, who stressed that such a call should not, in such exceptional circumstances, be delegated to a lower-ranking person, and they justified that Raab was busy and that Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, would speak with the Afghan minister instead.

But the Afghan Foreign Ministry refused the matter at the time, and asked to postpone the call to the next day.

Members of the Taliban (archive – AFP)

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However, the winds of change were faster! A British Foreign Office spokesman later explained that arranging a call before the collapse of the Afghan government faltered later due to the accelerating field developments at the time.

But at the same time, he confirmed that Rapp continued to participate in several meetings and high-level calls while abroad.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (archive - AFP)

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (archive – AFP)

However, information confirmed to the Telegraph newspaper that the minister was spotted by a British holidaymaker relaxing on a beach on Sunday, at the same moments in which the Afghan capital fell.

It is noteworthy that since last week, Afghanistan has witnessed dramatic developments, as the Taliban recorded several gains, before entering and controlling the capital, with the collapse of the government and security forces and their flight, leaving the capital under the control of the extremist movement.