Taliban committing acts like terrorists: new British envoy
KABUL (Pajhwok): New British ambassador to Afghanistan Karen Pierce, who presented her credentials to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, said the Taliban were committing acts like terrorists by killing and targeting civilians and posing threat to Afghanistan’s security.
Speaking to reporters at the British Embassy in Kabul after her meeting with Ghani at the Presidential Palace, the UK envoy said she spoke to the Afghan leader on various issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Afghanistan, challenges and government’s plans to deal with them.
She also handed over a letter from British Prime Minister David Cameron to President Ashraf Ghani. In his letter, Cameron had renewed his country pledge to help the Afghan government implement reforms and combat challenges Afghanistan faced, she said.
She said the Taliban and Daesh posed a threat not only to Afghanistan but to Pakistan and most people in most countries of the world were not adhered to policies, values and acts committed by the Taliban and Daesh.
Pierce said the UK supported Afghan-led peace process and would consider mediation if requested by either party to the conflict.
She believed regional cooperation, especially in the economic field, would help improve regional security and stability.
About drug problem, she said a simple solution to deal with the phenomenon did not exist, but alternative livelihoods and trying to restore agriculture could be useful.
On international aid, she said the international community had not completely stopped financially supporting Afghanistan, but the aid had been linked to electoral reforms and would be revived once the reforms were enforced.
She stressed electoral reforms and protection of human rights in Afghanistan, saying the country was making progress in the two areas.
The ambassador said the UK was expected to provide Afghanistan with 178 million pounds in aid through 2017.
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