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Dutch international minister quits after parliament votes to censure her oversight of chaotic Afghanistan evacuation

Dutch foreign minister quits after parliament votes to censure her oversight of chaotic Afghanistan evacuation


The Netherlands’ international minister, Sigrid Kaag, has stepped down from her put up after the nation’s parliament censured her and the Dutch protection minister over a chaotic Kabul evacuation that left many behind.

Kaag introduced her resignation on Thursday, after the movement of censure was handed by the parliament. The movement focused the entire cupboard, however named the international minister explicitly as having final duty for the evacuation failures.

The censure obtained broad help in parliament, backed not solely by the opposition, however by some members of the ruling coalition as properly. Whereas not legally required to give up, the minister stated it was her private alternative.

“Your chamber has determined the Cupboard acted irresponsibly,” Kaag stated. “The minister should go if her coverage has been rejected.”

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A second movement of censure was handed in opposition to Protection Minister Ank Bijleveld. She, nevertheless, has not expressed any rapid need to give up, stating she would proceed her work whatever the censure.

“The cupboard, together with myself, already indicated yesterday that issues didn’t go properly. My precedence continues to be to get interpreters who’re nonetheless in Afghanistan to security,” stated Bijleveld.

Whereas Kaag kept away from explicitly condemning Bijleveld for staying, she stated that “[in] my view on democracy and tradition of our governance, the minister ought to go if the coverage is disapproved.”

“These are my selections, everybody makes their very own alternative,” Kaag added.

The chaotic evacuation of the remaining western forces and their native helpers from Afghanistan unfolded over the past two weeks of August, because the US army withdrew and the Taliban militant group encroached on Kabul. The evacuation was riddled with logistics and safety points and left over 200 individuals useless, with the bulk killed throughout a suicide assault on the airport by a neighborhood chapter of the Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) terrorist group.

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Throughout the evacuation, the Netherlands airlifted some 2,100 individuals from Kabul, with round 1,700 ending up within the European nation. A whole bunch of Dutch residents, a lot of whom are of Afghan origin, nevertheless, have been left behind. An unknown quantity of people that beforehand labored for the Dutch occupation forces and have been, in idea, eligible for evacuation have been additionally stranded. Whereas asserting her resignation, Kaag stated the ministry will proceed its efforts to get these individuals out of Afghanistan.

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