SAARC wants to open office in Afghanistan
KABUL (PAN): South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary General Ahmed Saleem, at a meeting with President Karzai in Kabul, on Tuesday said the grouping wanted to open an office in Afghanistan.
Saleem said SAARC leadership had decided to open the office in Afghanistan to further enhance its cooperation with the landlocked country, the latest member of the regional grouping.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said Karzai and the visiting dignitary exchanged views on matters of mutual interest, including efforts at enhancing cooperation among member states in diverse fields.
They also discussed the association’s next meeting, with Karzai promising his administration’s all-out support for SAARC initiatives to bring closer its members.
Meanwhile, Karzai met British National Security Advisor Kim Darroch, who said the UK would stand by Afghanistan after 2014, when foreign troops are scheduled to pull out of the country.
Accompanied by UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mark Sedwill, Darroch promised London would continue to assist Kabul. The three leaders also discussed the Afghan-led peace process and Pakistan’s role in this regard.
They also conferred on the regional situation, the war on terrorism and UK’s contribution to the war. Britain has 9500 troops in the country, mostly in southern Helmand province.
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