Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford called for an urgent summit of four nations on refugee resettlement in Britain following the Taliban takeover.
Blackford stated that it was vital that the UK government collaborated with the devolved countries and demonstrated leadership by “opening up our doors” and providing safe routes to resettlement.
SNP Westminister leader called on the UK government not to cut international aid. He also asked for the UK to play a leadership role in funding humanitarian efforts to save lives, protect women’s rights and support them.
Today, he made the plea supported by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. She pledged that the Scottish Government would play their “full part” to aid Afghan refugees fleeing the “horrifying situation”.
The Skye and Lochaber MP stated: “The appalling situation in Afghanistan is one of the biggest foreign policy failures in modern times – and the UK government bears its share of responsibility.”
“Scotland stands ready to play its full part in resettling refugees and tackling the humanitarian crisis.”
“It is vital that the UK government works with the devolved governments and shows leadership, including by opening our doors and providing safe routes for resettlement.”
He continued: “There is no question that the UK must also commit to leadership on this scale.”
“The Tory government’s cuts to international aid must be reversed, and the UK must play a leading role in funding and supporting humanitarian efforts to save lives, promote peace and protect human rights, especially those of women and girls – with a specific fund dedicated to the Afghanistan humanitarian crisis.”
“The immediate priority must be to do everything we can to protect lives – but in time, there must also be a chance to review how the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan went so badly wrong.”
“The UK government must commit to a future judge-led inquiry into the war in Afghanistan to ensure full scrutiny, accountability and lessons learned.”
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