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Petraeus wants UK sanctuary for Afghan interpreters

Petraeus wants UK sanctuary for Afghan interpreters

Aug 11, 2020 - 08:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A former CIA director has urged the United Kingdom to move swiftly to offer Afghan translators sanctuary, saying they have been facing risk because of their work with foreign troops.

Gen. David Petraeus, who served as commander of US and NATOinfo-icon forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon from 2010 to 2011, issued the call on Monday night, according to Daily Mail.

The retired US general, at a meeting with British Home Secretary Priti Patel, asked the UJ to follow America’s quick actions or risk them being struck by the Talibaninfo-icon.

Both London and Washington owed a moral obligation to the Afghan translators, he remarked. ‘Each of us witnessed their service first hand.’

Earlier, British military officers General Lord Richards and General Lord Dannatt had also asked ministers to give interpreters sanctuary.

Petraeus said: ‘I agree with my old friends … that we owe a considerable debt to the host nation translators who served alongside our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Under a special immigrant visa scheme and through non-profit organisation No One Left Behind, he said the US had resettled their translators

Petraeus hoped the Home Office would speed up approval for visas for wartime translators, following in the footsteps of the State Department.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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