‘You couldn’t be more welcome,’ Prince William tells Afghan refugees | Daily News

‘You couldn’t be more welcome,’ Prince William tells Afghan refugees

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (2nd L) watches young children playing during a visit to a hotel in Leeds, northern England on November 30, 2021 which is being used to accommodate refugees evacuated from Afghanistan.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (2nd L) watches young children playing during a visit to a hotel in Leeds, northern England on November 30, 2021 which is being used to accommodate refugees evacuated from Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: Prince William has told Afghan refugees who recently arrived in Britain that they were welcome in the country and praised their bravery after risking their lives working alongside British forces in Afghanistan.

The Prince visited families housed in a hotel for refugees evacuated from Kabul this year.

He told families who had been forced to leave behind everything they knew and loved at short notice: “The most important thing is that you are safe now. You have a bright future. You couldn't be more welcome. Thank you for all you have done for us.”

The hotel, which is unnamed for security reasons, hosts around 175 refugees who are waiting on the government to find them long-term accommodation. The Prince was met with applause by the refugees on his arrival.

One Afghan, Hussain Saeedi Samangan, told the Daily Mail that he and his family’s escape from Kabul had been difficult, as were their initial experiences in their UK quarantine hotel, but said they felt very welcome in Yorkshire and were optimistic of a “bright, exciting future” in Britain.

Asked by the Prince whether he thought this generation of the Taliban would be different, he replied: “No. We know what the Taliban wants, we know they have not changed and that we couldn't trust them.”

Britain evacuated around 7,000 people from Afghanistan when the country fell to the Taliban in August and September this year.

The Government has pledged to continue to bring those who worked alongside British or NATO forces during the 20-year occupation into the UK from Afghanistan. - ARAB NEWS


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