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Government policy on Afghanistan

Inquiry

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.

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The deadline for submissions was Sunday 31 October 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First report - Missing in action: UK leadership and the withdrawal from Afghanistan
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
HC 169
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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25 April 2022
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Sir Stephen Lovegrove (National Security Adviser at Cabinet Office)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
21 March 2022
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE (Permanent Under-Secretary at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), and Nigel Casey MVO (Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
25 January 2022
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and Nigel Casey MVO (Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran Directorate at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
AFG0056 - Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Anonymised
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
AFG0057 - Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Anonymised
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
AFG0055 - Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses International Rescue Committee (Advocacy Director at International Rescue Committee)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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  • Email: fac@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 6106 (General Enquiries) | For all media enquiries please contact Toni McAndrew-Noon - mcandrewnoona@parliament.uk / 075 6243 5286
  • Address: Foreign Affairs Committee | House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA