Pakistan, UK lend weight to Afghan peace bid
This reiteration of support for the Afghan reconciliation process came at a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his British counterpart David Cameron in Islamabad, the Pakistan embassy in Kabul said.
In a joint statement from the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Cameron paid tribute to the people of Pakistan for sacrificing so much and still clearly rejected terrorist violence and intimidation.
He promised: “The UK will work in partnership with Pakistan providing expertise in support of Pakistan’s developing counter-terrorism strategy. The UK will provide more equipment to tackle the scourge of improvised explosive devices...”
At a joint news conference with the British premier after bilateral talks, Sharif said his country would promote efforts at a peace deal in Afghanistan before foreign troops’ withdrawal.
The prime minister, backing President Hamid Karzai's position that any peace process should be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led, hoped Britain would continue to seek sustainable stability in the neighbouring country.
For his part, Cameron hailed Sharif's remarks on the vital importance of the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. “I profoundly believe a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest…”
On Saturday, Cameron said Britain, enjoying cordial relations with Pakistan, had been in contact with the ally on how to make the Afghan peace drive a success. A stable Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan, the UK and the world at large, he remarked.
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