Meeting on future of Afghanistan

Published: Thursday 4th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A major international conference on the future of Afghanistan will take place in London today ahead of the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of the year.

The high-level meeting, hosted by David Cameron and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, will be a chance to assess progress in the country and recognise the serious challenges it still faces.

It will give Mr Ghani, who took office in September, an opportunity to set out his vision for reform in Afghanistan at a meeting attended by US secretary of state John Kerry and regional players including Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The scale of the task still facing Afghanistan was underlined in the Commons yesterday as the Prime Minister paid tribute to the British Embassy staff killed in a bomb attack in Kabul last week.

Five people including a British citizen were killed in the incident after a suicide car-bomber struck an embassy vehicle, one of a series of attacks staged by Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan in the run-up to the official end of the US and Nato combat mission on December 31.

Mr Cameron said: “We will not allow such inhumanity to deter us from building a stable future for the Afghan people.”

The majority of British military personnel have now left Afghanistan, with a few hundred servicemen and women remaining in advisory, logistical and support roles, helping the Afghan army.

A Whitehall source said the conference would be a chance for Mr Ghani to give a “comprehensive vision of where they are going and how they are going to get there”.

But he will also be expected to address the security situation in the country, how he will tackle corruption and uphold human rights.

Published: Thursday 4th December 2014 by The News Editor

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