Welsh Guards: Afghanistan

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th July 2018.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne 12:00 am, 18th July 2018

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the Welsh Guards’ tour of Afghanistan.

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence about the armed forces in Wales, including about my recent visit to Kabul to meet the Welsh Guards. During the visit, I saw at first hand the important role that our servicemen and women play in the UK’s operations, and I pay tribute to them.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne

Does my right hon. Friend welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of an added commitment from the Welsh Guards to secure and to help NATO’s capacity-building mission in Afghanistan?

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

Having seen the Welsh Guards in action in Afghanistan, I have nothing but admiration and respect for the work that they do. The additional support to help them embed and the important steps they are taking to support the ongoing work of the Afghan Government will be extremely important, and I pay tribute to them for the work that they do.