UK Foreign Minister Asked to Resign for Taking Vacation During Afghanistan Takeover

British foreign minister Dominic Raab was called to resign for going on holiday in Greece during the Taliban takeover on Monday, August 16.

According to the Daily Mail, Raab was on the island of Crete in Greece last week when the Foreign Office officials advised him to call Hanif Atmar, his Afghan counterpart, to aid the translators who had worked with the British military. Instead, they were told that Raab was unavailable, so a junior minister, Zac Goldsmith, was delegated the job.

The call was delayed for a day because Goldsmith was not Atmar’s direct counterpart, and by the time that the Taliban conquered Kabul, Raab cut his holiday short and headed back to the United Kingdom.

The opposition said that his refusal to call Atmar two days earlier was a “failure of judgment” that put the translators’ lives at risk and called him to quit. 

Reporters asked Raab on Thursday if he planned on stepping down, to which he replied: “No.”

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