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Dutch Foreign Minister Resigns over Afghanistan Crisis

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Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag has resigned over evacuation chaos in Afghanistan that followed the Taliban takeover.

The parliament has earlier passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan.

Kaag acknowledged the government’s slow and muddled response to the warnings about the situation in Afghanistan.

This resulted in that some local staff who had worked as translators for Dutch troops had not been evacuate

Kaag immediately said she would tender her resignation, saying that parliament had decided “that the cabinet has acted irresponsibly”.

“I can only accept the consequences of this judgment as the minister with ultimate responsibility,” she added.

In her resignation speech, she said D66 ministers would remain in the caretaker government.

Kaag’s resignation came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as part of a cabinet shake-up.

Raab had faced criticism over the UK’s response to the Taliban takeover last month.

The last British and US troops left Afghanistan at the end of August. This brought their 20-year military campaign in the country to an end.

There has been criticism of the way the West withdrew, with questions over how the Taliban was able to seize control of the country at such speed.

And there is also concern that many Afghans, who worked with the British armed forces, did not manage to reach Britain.

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