Today’s Afghanistan different: Stagg to Taliban
In a video conference with his Pakistani counterpart in Islamabad, Stagg called on the Taliban to join the peace process.
He also said the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar, was pursuing complex political goals in Afghanistan.
Afghan and Pakistani reporters were present when Stagg stressed improved relations between Kabul and Islamabad in areas of transit trade and power sector.
He said the two countries needed to strengthen joint efforts at countering narcotics, terrorism and making the Afghan-led peace process a success.
The UK envoy also talked about the bilateral security agreement between the US and Afghanistan.
He said the agreement was crucial to continued international aid to Afghanistan.
He said President Hamid Karzai was unlikely to sign the security agreement during his stay in office, but his successor to be chosen in the April elections, was expected to conclude it.
The UK would try to help build trust and better ties between Kabul and Islamabad for the success of Afghan peace process.
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