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Field reaffirms UK commitment during Kabul visit

Field reaffirms UK commitment during Kabul visit

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Oct 03, 2017 - 17:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): UK’s Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, who completed his two-day visit to Kabul, has said his country is committed to continuing its support for Afghanistaninfo-icon in overcoming the legacy of over 40 years of conflict.

“We work in close partnership with the government, and will continue to provide military, political and developmental assistance as this amazing country moves ever closer to becoming a more prosperous and stable state that provides real opportunities for the Afghan people”, Field was quoted as saying in a statement from the British Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday.

It said the Minister for Asia and the Pacific during his visit to Afghanistan met with President Ashraf Ghani and expressed the UK’s continued support for the Afghan government.

He highlighted the excellent progress made on reforming the security sector, addressing anti-corruption and making progress on elections.  Field stressed the need to focus on political solutions as the key to bringing a more peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Field also met with Attorney General Farid Hamidi to discuss the progress made by the Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC).

The ACJC was set up in 2016 with UK funding and technical support, and since its formation, has successfully prosecuted a number of senior Afghan officials, highlighting the move towards ending impunity for corruption in Afghanistan. 

The UK minister also met with deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai to discuss regional affairs and prospects for peace.

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