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PublishDate: Wednesday, December 21, 201111:00

UK Prime Minister David Cameron visits Afghanistan

More than 9,500 British troops are based in southern Helmand province and Cameron held talks with Karzai via telephone call.

During his visit in southern Kandahar province British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with the British troops but due to dust storms he could not visit the majority of the British troops in southern Helmand province KHAAMA reported.
More than 9,500 British troops are based in southern Helmand province.
In the meantime British prime minister David Cameron held talks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai via telephone call and agreed for a face to face talks during president Hamid Karzai’s visit to United Kingdom earlier next year.
Britain has planned to withdraw at least 500 UK troops from Afghanistan in 2012, but the exact number of UK troops withdrawal has not been announced by UK prime minister David Cameron so far.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai on December 06, 2011 cancelled his trip to United Kingdom following on twin bomb blasts in capital Kabul and northern Mazar-e-Sharif city, which killed at least 62 Afghans.
At least 58 people were killed and more than 150 people were injured after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the Shiat participants of the Ashura in a mosque in capital Kabul while four others were killed and around 15 were injured in an explosion in northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Both the attacks which took place on the 10th of Muharam on the occasion of Ashura apparently targeting Shia Muslims have raised fears of new sectarian violence in the country.
President Hamid Karzai was due to travel to United Kingdom to meet with the British officials including British prime minister David Cameron to discuss a long term strategic cooperation agreement between the two nations.
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