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Government policy on Afghanistan


International forces withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021, 20 years after the US-led invasion. The Taliban quickly gained control of the country, taking Kabul on 15 August and triggering an immense effort to evacuate UK nationals and others eligible for protection. This inquiry will examine the FCDO’s role in the withdrawal, including how effectively it planned and coordinated with other powers. It will also look ahead to the objectives of the UK’s future relationship with Afghanistan, including the security, counter-terrorism, human rights and humanitarian impact of the Taliban’s takeover, and the implications for wider UK foreign policy.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Sunday 31 October 2021.

Work news

Foreign Affairs Committee publishes Government response to Afghanistan report
Government responds to Committee's report 'Missing in action: UK leadership and the withdrawal from Afghanistan'
29 July 2022
Systemic failures of leadership, planning and preparation: MPs slam Government role in UK withdrawal from Afghanistan
Committee publishes their report Missing in action: UK leadership and the withdrawal from Afghanistan
24 May 2022
Senior FCDO whistleblower submits evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs Committee explores Government policy on Afghanistan
21 March 2022
Foreign Affairs Committee publishes further whistleblower written evidence on Nowzad
The evidence includes copies of internal emails between Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) staff
26 January 2022
Foreign Affairs Cttee question Ministers for Afghanistan inquiry
Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, and Lord Ahmad, Minister for South Asia, are among those that will appear
24 January 2022
MPs to question Sir Laurie Bristow, former Ambassador to Afghanistan
Foreign Affairs Committee hears from former Ambassador to Afghanistan
3 December 2021
Rory Stewart and Lord Richards to give evidence on Afghanistan
Foreign Affairs Committee hears from the former Chief of Defence Staff and Rory Stewart, former Secretary of State for International Development
22 November 2021
Foreign Affairs Committee launches inquiry on UK policy towards Afghanistan
Committee launches its inquiry into the future of UK policy towards Afghanistan following the international military withdrawal
3 September 2021
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