ominous Raab faced calls to resign or be fired on Thursday after failing to make a phone call while on holiday to help translators trying to flee Afghanistan.
The foreign minister was accused of “neglect of duty” over his decision to delegate responsibility while on a luxury break in Crete when Afghanistan fell to the Taliban.
It comes as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned that the Taliban’s progress could “inspire” terrorists and Britain will have to “gear up, save up”.
Wallace defended his colleague, saying a phone call from Mr Raab would not have made “any difference” as the Afghan government “melted away faster than ice”.
Dominic Raab, asked if he would step down as secretary of state, told reporters in Downing Street on Thursday: “No.”
Raab was reportedly “inaccessible” when officials in his department on Friday suggested he “urgently” call on Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar, according to the Daily Mail.
It said the Afghan Foreign Ministry then refused to arrange a call with a junior minister and push it back to the next day.
Asked about Raab’s missing call, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday night: “The foreign minister was engaged in a number of other calls and this was delegated to another minister.”
Labor Shadow Secretary of State Lisa Nandy, urged Mr Raab to go ahead and said: “How can Boris Johnson allow the Secretary of State to continue in his role after another catastrophic failure of judgment?
“If Dominic Raab does not have the decency to resign, the Prime Minister must show some leadership and dismiss him.”
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds described it as a “neglect of duty”, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Who would not call if they were told it could save someone’s life?”
Wallace stressed that the biggest concern on Friday was that Kabul airport should stay open so they could fly British nationals and Afghan allies out.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “You may be wondering whether or not the phone call should have been made, but that would not have been a blind difference.”
The Liberal Democrats also said Raab should resign and if he did not, the prime minister should “dismiss him”.
A former translator, a British citizen who gave his name as Rafi, 35, accused Mr Raab of “failing” to provide protection to interpreting families in Afghanistan.
He said: “If he did not call, I will be shocked. How could anyone do such a thing in this chaotic situation? The interpreters and their families can be killed at any time. ”
Sir. Raab is said to have stayed at the five-star Amirandes Hotel, which describes itself as a “boutique resort”. Earlier in the week, Raab insisted he was “committed to Cobra” and spoke to his foreign colleagues and left the Greek island as soon as the situation worsened and demanded it.
It comes as the Taliban urged people to leave Kabul airport after 12 people have been killed there since Sunday.
They died in and around the airport either as a result of gunfire or storms, Taliban and NATO officials said.
There were further chaos scenes around Kabul airport, where reports of desperate women “threw their babies over the razor blade” and asked the soldiers to take them.
Wallace stressed that if children were taken by British troops, it was because their families were also removed from the country.
He also said Britain was using “all possible space” on its evacuation flights leaving Afghanistan.
Reports have suggested that evacuation flights to other countries had left Kabul with only a handful of people on board. But Wallace told Times Radio: “Our people are coming through, we have not sent a single empty plane home.
“The key here is when we have a plane, if we have a single empty seat, we will offer it to other nations.
“We have taken out interpreters who work for NATO, for example, we have taken out other European or other countries … we have recently taken out some Japanese who were in need.”
Wallace justified the last 20 years in Afghanistan by “plagiarizing plots”, but admitted that Al Qaeda would potentially see the situation now as an “option”.
He said failed states could lead to an “explosion of extremism” and warned that Islamists around the world will see what has happened as a “victory” that will “inspire other terrorists”.
He said today: “I do not think anyone has denied that Al Qaeda would potentially view this as an option.”
Raab is due to speak with other G7 ministers on Thursday to discuss international cooperation before the group’s leaders hold a virtual meeting next week.
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