Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and loved ones of those who died serving in the military it was not down to “chance or good fortune” that the UK has been safe from attacks launched from Afghanistan for 20 years.
In an open letter, the Prime Minister said he had been “lost in admiration for the heroic efforts of everyone” involved in Operation Pitting, the evacuation efforts to remove UK nationals and Afghan allies from Kabul airport.
Writing as the operation came to an end, with the last military and diplomatic personnel leaving Kabul on Saturday, the Prime Minister said:
And he recognised the downfall of Afghanistan to the Taliban after 20 years would have been difficult to comprehend.
But Mr Johnson repeated his message that their sacrifice was not in vain, and said:
And he highlighted the impact on the Afghan people too, whether through girls’ education, the clearing of landmines, or many homes having electricity for the first time.