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Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 40967, tabled on 18 August 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the safe transport to the UK of people working for British animal welfare charities (a) Nowzad and (b) the Mayhew in Kabul.

Answered on

10 September 2021

We have already evacuated the overwhelming majority of those who to whom we have a direct obligation in an unprecedented effort from our military and Civil Servants. We are in contact with British nationals and others who are eligible for resettlement in the UK, and are working urgently with neighbouring countries to ensure that at-risk Afghans have options for safe passage. We have been clear that the Taliban must allow safe passage for those who want to leave

Mr Pen Farthing and the animals in his charity's care were airlifted from Kabul on 29 August on a privately chartered flight, facilitated by the Ministry of Defence

We are now urgently working on how we can further support Afghan nationals in country, through the Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Programme (ARAP) and Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme (ACRS).