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Lib Dems call for Parliament to be recalled over Afghanistan

August 14, 2021 5:03 PM
By Bryan Lewis

The Liberal Democrats have backed calls for Parliament to be recalled over the worrying crisis in Afghanistan following the winding up of US military intervention.

"Every effort must be taken to protect the innocent citizens of Afghanistan who have been betrayed by the nature of this withdrawal," party leader Sir Ed Davey said.

For 20 years the West inspired, financed and sheltered a new generation of Afghans. They have grown up with freedoms and opportunities that they fully embraced. Now they feel completely abandoned by the democratic world they thought they were part of.

The World Food Programme has warned that food shortages are "dire", while the UN has urged Afghanistan's neighbours to keep their borders open. Afghanistan is spiralling towards a devastating civil war. Millions of women and girls are facing medieval brutality. International terrorism will thrive under the Taliban.