International Coalition Against Terrorism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 14th November 2001.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 3:32 pm, 14th November 2001

I totally agree that that is the test of our commitment. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct to point out that this is a humanitarian crisis that was going on long before 11 September, partly for natural reasons but partly because of the appalling nature of the Taliban regime. It is important that we stay with the commitments we have made, and recognise that helping Afghanistan to become a stable and secure partner in the region is not merely in the interests of people in Afghanistan but—as we can see from what happened as we let Afghanistan decline and descend into chaos—in our own interests too.