Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on retaining military personnel in Afghanistan.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Ministers and senior officials have frequent contact with their US counterparts on a range of issues. On 15 June 2021, the Defence Secretary met with his counterparts from the US, France and Germany. Leaders discussed a range of issues and agreed on the importance of an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. More recently, the Defence Secretary discussed Afghanistan with Secretary Austin on his visit to the US on 13 July 2021. We will continue engaging with our Allies and partners as Afghanistan transitions to a new phase, following the withdrawal of NATO troops.

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