UK diplomats secure release of 5 British nationals from Afghanistan

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"They will soon be reunited with their families." - Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

The UK has welcomed the release of five British men detained in Afghanistan.

The five men had travelled to Afghanistan against the UK Government’s travel advice and had no role in the UK Government’s work.

Home Secretary Liz Truss said:

Pleased the UK has secured the release of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan. They will soon be reunited with their families. I am grateful for the hard work of British diplomats to secure this outcome.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said:

We welcome and appreciate the release by the current administration of Afghanistan of 5 British nationals who were detained in Afghanistan.

These British nationals had no role in the UK Government’s work in Afghanistan and travelled to Afghanistan against the UK Government’s travel advice. This was a mistake.

On behalf of the families of the British nationals, we express their apologies for any breach of Afghan culture, customs or laws, and offer their assurance of future good conduct.

The UK Government regrets this episode.

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