Historic UK-Afghan-Pakistan talks

The Prime Minister is meeting the premiers of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Kabul - the first time the three leaders have come together. He has warned the Taliban that Nato will leave Afghan forces fully prepared to take over in 2014.

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PM: 'We will be handing over to capable Afghan security'

David Cameron has warned the Taliban not to "wait it out" in Afghanistan until troops withdraw in 2014.

The PM said British support for the country would remain long after the planned exit date, which will see all international combat forces leave.

Prime Minister David Cameron holds a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Afghan security forces are "capable and large" but Britain's support for the nation will continue for many years, he said.

"The Taliban should be in no doubt that we will handing over to a very large, very capable Afghan security force," Mr Cameron said at a joint press conference with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, held in the gardens of the presidential palace.

He added: "You cannot wait this out until foreign forces leave in 2014 because we will be firm friends and supporters of Afghanistan long after 2014."


Cameron: 'Vital' for injured troops to get a 'special deal'

Prime Minister David Cameron said protecting benefits for injured soldiers was "one way" for the country to show their respect for the work the armed forces do.

He said he intervened to make sure soldiers did not lose out in the benefits shake-up planned for April next year.

I think this is absolutely vital. The military covenant, it's all about the country saying to our Armed Forces 'We respect and revere you and we are going to do more for you'.

We are now saying when it comes to the disability benefits we are reforming, the military are going to have a special set of circumstances so they get a special deal.

I intervened to make sure that happens and I think that is one of the many ways we should respect our armed services for what they do for us.

Cameron pledges to protect benefits for injured troops

Prime Minister David Cameron is in Helmand Province meeting soldiers today. Credit: ITV News

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that injured troops will be given a guaranteed disability payment worth around £130 when next year's welfare reforms come in.

A special allowance is being set up to ensure Army veterans with the most severe injuries will not lose out when the current Disability Living Allowance is replaced by a Personal Independence Payment (Pip) in April next year.


Afghan soldiers a 'bit lazy compared to ours'

The Prime Minister asked soldiers how they thought their Afghan counterparts were getting on Credit: ITV News

David Cameron shared a drink with soldiers at the Forward Operating Base Shawqat, in Nad-e-Ali. The troops praised their Afghan counterparts saying they were getting better at engaging in active combat with the Taliban.

Company Sergeant Major Nathan Love told the Prime Minister:

"Their soldiers are no different to ours, they are a little bit lazy compared to ours, but they can go out and fight, they can go on one knee. They are more than happy to go forward and push the Taliban back."

Cameron talks tactics with the troops

Prime Minister David Cameron met with troops at the headquarters of Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah Credit: ITV News

Prime Minister David Cameron shared a lunch of German sausage and potato with soldiers as he visited the headquarters of Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan.

He used the meal to ask the troops about the protection new vehicles are offering from roadside bombs. He asked Lance Corporal Simon Howells:

"Do you feel now that if you did roll over an IED, the vehicle would be more robust?"

Corporal Howells replied that the new vehicles feel "pretty safe."

Cameron 'confident' of bringing Afghan troops home by 2014

David Cameron insisted today that he was "confident" he could meet his promise to bring British troops back from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 as he arrived in Helmand Province for a tour of Camp Bastion.

The Prime Minister said an announcement about the number of soldiers being brought back in 2013 would be made by the end of this year after being told significant progress had been made on the ground.

Mr Cameron defended major reductions in troop numbers, which will see a 20% reduction in the manpower of the regular Army, admitting it was a "difficult decision" but he insisted he could "look all the Armed Forces in the eye" because it had been the right thing to do.

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