UK has ‘limited leverage’ says former Middle East minister

Alistair Burt, the UK’s Former Minister of State for the Middle East, has told the BBC that Britain has “limited leverage” over what happens in Afghanistan now.

“The Taliban are going to rule Afghanistan in the way in which they have already set out, according to their interpretation of Sharia law,” he told Radio 4’s The World at One. “If other governments don’t like it, I don’t suspect there is very much they can do about it.”

“I think it’s always difficult for politicians and governments to say there is nothing we can do. Nobody wants to hear that,” added Mr Burt.

“But sometimes it’s very honest and realistic to say we are very limited in what we can do.”

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