HUNDREDS of refugees fleeing the Taliban could be resettled in Brighton as the council "stands ready to help" people from Afghanistan.

Triumphant Taliban fighters took Kabul and with it control of Afghanistan after decades of fighting this week, displacing thousands of locals feeling in fear of the terrorist group.

As the UK launches an extensive operation to bring thousands of refugees into the country, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council leader said the city is "ready" to help house them.

Phelim Mac Cafferty declared his support for the newly announced Afghanistan refugee resettlement scheme and ongoing commitment to being a "city of sanctuary."

He said: "Brighton and Hove has a proud history of solidarity and welcome for refugees and the city council stands ready to help Afghan refugees and support the desperately needed Afghanistan Refugee resettlement scheme announced by the government.

“The tragic scenes from Afghanistan as thousands of people flee in fear for their lives and those of their friends and family are truly horrendous.

"Worse still, it’s clear the takeover of the country by the Taliban will only place the rights and lives of millions of people at serious risk in the weeks and months to come. We know that over three million people have already been displaced.

“We send our solidarity and support to all those affected, including Afghan and refugee communities already here in the city.

"The council is already working hard to support refugees including through the Afghan relocation and assistance scheme , and the government must swiftly establish safe passage for some of the most vulnerable.

“However, as we await details of the new resettlement programme, we join others in asking for the government to deliver a truly supportive scheme for refugees.

“We support calls made by the city of sanctuary network and others, urging the government to adequately resource the new settlement scheme and financially support councils who want to do everything possible to welcome refugees fleeing horrific circumstances.”

“We’ve already challenged the Home Office on their longstanding lack of funding and support for local councils seeking to support asylum seeking children and it’s vital proper resources are put in place. We also continue our calls for a mandatory rota for supporting asylum seekers, so that all councils play their part.

“I know that the horrifying scenes over the past days have caused shock and outrage for many different reasons. I personally want to re-assure the Brighton and Hove Afghan community that you are welcome in our city and I ask the city’s residents to show compassion and kindness to those fleeing in tragic circumstances.”

It comes as the Government announced that Britain will take up to 20,000 people wanting to leave Afghanistan as part of its resettlement scheme, with 5,000 due to be accepted in the next 12 months.

Downing Street said the government will be encouraging international partners to emulate “one of the most generous asylum schemes in British history” – but Labour said the offer is not bold enough.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is due to speak with fellow G7 ministers on Thursday to discuss international co-operation before leaders of the group – which, as well as the UK, includes the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy – hold a virtual meeting next week.