The remarks of Tobias Ellwood, UK MP and chair of the Defense Select Committee, in which he suggested the opening of an embassy in Kabul, sparked reactions in the UK.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, told a UK parliament hearing that his country will continue to have dialogue with the “regime" in Afghanistan but that doesn’t mean “we consider those regimes to be legitimate or approve of their actions."
“We will continue to repeatedly call out the human rights abuses that we see around the world that he mentioned widely, the prohibition on being educated in Afghanistan which is something we have spoken about in the past, but we will also continue to have dialogue with regimes, that doesn’t mean that we consider those regimes to be legitimate or approve of their actions,” Sunak said.
Tobias Ellwood called for the reopening of the British Embassy in Kabul in order to help the people of Afghanistan.
“This suggests our current strategy of shouting from afar, after abruptly abandoning the country in 2021, is not working. My simple call to action was to see our embassy reopen again and pursue a more direct strategy to help the 40 million people that we abandoned,” Ellwood said.
The US State Department spokesperson said that Washington is not considering opening its embassy in Kabul.
“I would just say in respect to the first question, no, we are not reconsidering opening an embassy at this point. We, as do our allies and partners, do engage with the Taliban on some issues,” said US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.
“The opening of embassies of countries that are effective in the affairs of Afghanistan, especially superpower countries such as the UK or the US, is more effective than others because, first, relations with the rest of the world are ensured, and secondly, other countries are encouraged,” said Aziz Marij, a former diplomat.
Earlier, the country's acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said that the embassies of neighboring countries, including China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, India, Turkey, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, are open.