Afghanistan: Diplomatic Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Adam Price Adam Price Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government; Culture, Media and Sport; Defence; Transport; Ministry of Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he was informed in advance of the decision by the Afghan Government to expel a British diplomat working for the UN and an Irish diplomat working for the EU.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Michael Semple, an Irish national working for the EU, and Mervyn Patterson, a British national working for the UN, left Afghanistan on 27 December 2007, having been asked to do so 48 hours earlier by the Government of Afghanistan. The Afghan Foreign Minister held a meeting to inform a number of European embassies, including our embassy in Kabul, of this decision on 25 December 2007.

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