Doha – Al Raya:
Ambassador Sir Larry Bristow announced that he was in the process of relocating his embassy in Kabul to Qatar. Sir Lori, who has been the UK Ambassador to Afghanistan since June, was received at the RAF Airport in Oxfordshire by Sir Philip Barton, Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Development. After the Taliban captured Kabul and came to power, the ambassador returned from the official withdrawal of the British from Afghanistan 20 years later. Sir Lori played a key role in Operation Race, a British military operation that deported nearly 15,000 people from Afghanistan – spending days helping to process visas at the airport.
He said the embassy planned to shift its diplomatic presence to Qatar with the intention of transferring it soon. In a video posted on Twitter yesterday, Sir Lori said: “We currently have to leave Afghanistan, the embassy will operate from Qatar for now, but we will continue to support the people of Afghanistan, bringing humanitarian work, diplomacy and security work and above all the need to bring Afghans and Britons back to the UK. , And we will put pressure on the Taliban to allow these people a safe way out.
“We will reopen the embassy soon and do everything we can to protect the gains of the last 20 years.”
Vice Admiral Ben Key, who commanded the military area of the operation, said the returning troops were “very tired.”
“Those who are so tired gave everything they had in the last two weeks,” he added. It was a combination of deep professionalism, great courage, very complex judgment and sometimes great empathy, and those who came back here had no great admiration for what they did and how they did it.
Sir Lori served as ambassador to Afghanistan before serving as regional ambassador to the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and previously as ambassador to Russia.
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