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PublishDate: Saturday, February 2, 2013 18:15

British PM to host Pakistani, Afghan leaders

This trilateral process sends a very clear message to the Taliban: now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan.

British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan this weekend as part of moves to prevent a Taliban resurgence when foreign troops leave Afghanistan, Downing Street said Saturday.
 
Cameron will dine with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari at his country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire, southeast England, on Sunday. 

The British premier will then hold the first in-depth top-level talks with both leaders and their key officials on Monday.
 
“The Prime Minister will host the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan at Chequers on Sunday and Monday as part of his ongoing efforts to help to strengthen Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, support an Afghan peace and reconciliation process and promote regional peace and stability,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

“For the first time, we will bring together the political and security establishments from both Afghanistan and Pakistan, with foreign ministers, chiefs of army staff, chiefs of intelligence and the chair of the Afghan High Peace Council attending the meeting.

“This trilateral process sends a very clear message to the Taliban: now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added.

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