Ben Wallace – 2020 Comments on Afghan Staff Being Allowed to Stay in UK

The comments made by Ben Wallace, the Secretary of State for Defence, on 29 December 2020.

Nobody’s life should be put at risk because they supported the UK Government to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

As the situation in the region evolves, it is only right we do more to protect local citizens who stood shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces.

As a former soldier I know the bond between the brothers who fight by our side. These Afghans stood by us and risked their lives to make a better country. We owe them a debt and I am proud that the Home Secretary and I can finally close this chapter and thank them for their service.