Britain wants to see strong relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan built on greater trust
Islamabad, February 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): Delighted to have President Karzai and President Zardari here at Chequers for our third joint meeting.
For the first time, we have brought together the political and security teams from both Afghanistan and Pakistan for full and frank discussions about how they can work together more closely in the future, and how we and the international community can support them.
We share the same vision for Afghanistan: a secure, stable and democratic country that never again becomes a haven for international terror.
And I’m pleased that we are all committed to working together to achieve this because a stable Afghanistan is in all our interests.
Britain is a strong partner of both countries, and we want to see a strong relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan built on greater trust.
Our discussions today have focused on 2 important issues: the Afghan-led peace process and strengthened co-operation between Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we have made progress on both.
We all fully support an Afghan led peace process and the opening of an office in Doha for negotiations between the Taliban and the High Peace Council.
This should lead to a future in which all Afghans can participate peacefully in the country’s political process.
I also welcome both Presidents’ ongoing commitment to strengthen co-operation through the signature of a Strategic Partnership Agreement by the Autumn.
This should strengthen ties between both countries on economic and security issues, including on trade and border management.
Today, we have agreed what is frankly an unprecedented level of co-operation.
Clearly there is much more work to be done in the months ahead and the UK will continue to stand firmly behind both countries as they work together to bring peace and stability to the region.
Finally, the progress we have achieved today sends a very clear message to the Taliban: now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan.
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