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Dominic Raab touches down in Qatar for urgent Afghan talks with PSG-owning Emir

DOMINIC RAAB landed in Qatar this morning to thrash out an urgent rescue plan for Brits and Afghans stranded in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Secretary will today meet Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani – who owns PSG football club – as well as his counterpart.

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Dominic Raab touched down in Doha this morningCredit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street
The Foreign Sec meets staff at a resettlement centre for Afghan refugees

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The Foreign Sec meets staff at a resettlement centre for Afghan refugees
Mr Raab flew to Doha overnight after a Commons grilling

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Mr Raab flew to Doha overnight after a Commons grillingCredit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street

He will also receive a debrief from UK officials at our new Afghan embassy, which has been moved to the capital Doha after the Taliban seized Kabul.

The Foreign Office said reopening Kabul’s airport and securing safe passage out of Afghanistan for Brits and eligible Afghans will be “top of the agenda”.

This morning Mr Raab toured a resettlement centre for Afghan refugees with Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed.

He jetted out to the Gulf last night after a grilling from MPs about his role in the biggest foreign policy crisis in recent decades.

Efforts underway to scoop up those who missed an evacuation flight came especially under the microscope.

UNDER PRESSURE

He will be keen to return to the UK having made significant progress to use as ammunition against his critics – who want him sacked.

Doha has housed the Taliban’s political office since 2013 and so is a crucial part of future talks with the militants.

Britain says it is “keen to work with Qatar and other international partners” to bear down on the Taliban to flush out terrorists from Afghanistan.

Britain has now opened up a dialogue with the insurgents via the PM’s Special Envoy for Afghan Transition, Sir Simon Gass, who has been based in the region for the last couple of weeks.

Mr Raab speaks to Qataris at the centre

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Mr Raab speaks to Qataris at the centreCredit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street
Dominic Raab refuses to answer questions about timing of holiday during fall of Kabul


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