Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab has defended his record at the Foreign Office during the withdrawal from Afghanistan over the summer after a whistleblower has claimed the system for evacuating Afghans as the Taliban advanced was chaotic and badly managed.
“I think anyone would expect us to conduct the basic checks” on identity and validity of claims, Raab, who was foreign secretary at the time of the Afghan withdrawal, told Sky News.
“The real challenge in the evacuation was the operational situation on the ground to get people to the airport that was extremely difficult,” Raab said on Tuesday. “And secondly checking identity to make sure that . . . we’re not, through generosity of spirit, lifting anyone that might harm the UK.”
While the then-foreign minister has claimed the UK’s evacuation efforts were second only to those of the US, Raphael Marshall, a former desk officer at the Foreign Office, has…