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Cameron upbeat about London trilateral talks

Cameron upbeat about London trilateral talks

Oct 08, 2013 - 21:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Britain on Tuesday hoped this month's trilateral meeting in London would yield positive results for Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is scheduled to host Afghan and Pakistani leaders in London, voiced his optimism about the -three-way talks in a telephone conversation with President Hamid Karzai.

A statement from Karzai's office said the two leaders discussed the 9th Worldinfo-icon Islamic Economic Forum and the trilateral summit to be held in London in late October.

The global forum will be held on October 29-31 at the ExCel London. This is the forum's first event in Europe following events in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait and Pakistan.

Karzai's upcoming visit to London for talks with Cameron and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was discussed during the phone conversation, the statement added.

The president thanked Britain, especially Premier Cameron, for efforts to bring Afghanistan and Pakistan closer through the tripartite dialogue initiative. Three such meetings have so far taken place in Kabul, London and at the UN.

Last month, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul held a meeting with his British and Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

They agreed to do the necessary homework for the summit and discussed enhanced cooperation in improving the often-tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They also discussed Islamabad’s role in the Afghan-led peace drive.



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