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Foreign Secretary holds trilateral talks with Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan

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Islamabad, December 05, 2012 (PPI-OT): Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan discussed how to strengthen their joint efforts to address extremism and advance regional peace and stability.

The Foreign Secretary William Hague, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr Zalmai Rassoul, today held a trilateral meeting to discuss the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process, and how to strengthen their joint efforts to address extremism and advance regional peace and stability. They were joined by Masoom Stanekzai, Head of the Joint Secretariat to the High Peace Council. This meeting was the third in a series of trilateral discussions that have taken place this year.

Following the meeting Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“Supporting the security and prosperity of Afghanistan and Pakistan is one of the most important priorities in UK foreign policy. I congratulate both Foreign Ministers for the real progress that their countries have made in recent weeks in helping advance the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process, notably through the visit of the High Peace Council to Pakistan, led by Chairman Rabbani, on 12-15 November. And I welcome their agreement today to continuing to develop a Strategic Partnership between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both countries will have the unwavering support of the British government in these efforts.”

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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