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Afghan-UK panel to meet on Wednesday

Afghan-UK panel to meet on Wednesday

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Nov 03, 2013 - 19:27

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A second meeting of the Afghanistaninfo-icon-UK Joint Commission would take place in Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoF) announced on Sunday.

MoF spokesman Janan Mosazai told a press conference the joint commission held its maiden meeting in October 2012.

That meeting was chaired jointly by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin and Senior Minister of State at UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

The commission has been established to review implementation of the Enduring Strategic Partnership Document signed by President Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron, and will meet at least once a year.

At last year’s meeting, both sides discussed the Afghan government’s achievements since 2001, the importance of Afghanistan-UK Partnership and emphasised that a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan was in the interests of both countries and the region.

Mosazai said the UK government was supportive the Afghan reconciliation process and had provided 16 million Euros in aid for the implementation of the peace programme.

He said the British government has been economically supporting Afghanistan and has granted Afghan students 15 educationinfo-icon scholarships.

He said the second meeting of the joint commission would review the achievements and progress made over the past one year and set goals to be achieved over the next year.

British Secretary for International Development Justine Greening, who held a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in London last week, promised $200 million in aid to Afghanistan till 2017.

To a question about Afghan asylum seekers in Australia, Mosazai said the Afghan embassy in Australia was in contact with the Australian government in this regard.

He said Australian should respect the rights of Afghan refugees in line with international laws.

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