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Prime Minister 'shares same vision for Afghanistan'

Ahead of tonight's talks between Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, a Downing Street statement has said a "stable Afghanistan" is in the UK's best interests.

As the Prime Minister has set out previously, a stable Afghanistan is not just in the interests of Afghans, but also in the interests of their neighbours and the UK. We share the same vision for Afghanistan: a secure, stable and democratic country that never again becomes a haven for international terror.

We are working together to achieve it and Afghanistan's neighbours have a vital role to play. It is vital not just for the future security of their citizens, but for their prosperity too.

– Downing Street spokeswoman

PM to meet Afghan and Pakistani presidents tonight

David Cameron will meet the Afghan and Pakistani presidents tonight in the latest round talks aimed at preventing a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan when British troops leave next year.

The Prime Minister will dine with Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari at Chequers as part of his ongoing efforts to help to strengthen Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and promote regional peace and stability.

Prime Minister David Cameron will dine with presidents Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari at Chequers today.
Prime Minister David Cameron will dine with presidents Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari at Chequers today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It comes ahead of in-depth discussions tomorrow focusing on how the Pakistanis and international community can support the Afghan-led peace process.

Foreign ministers, Chiefs of Army Staff, Chiefs of Intelligence and the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council are expected to attend the third trilateral session since last summer.

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Cameron expected to host talks with presidents today

Prime Minister David Cameron with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (right) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai last year.
Prime Minister David Cameron with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (right) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai last year. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to meet the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan today as part of efforts to prevent a Taliban resurgence when British troops leave.

Prime Minister to meet presidents for talks on Sunday

David Cameron will meet the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan this weekend as part of efforts to prevent a Taliban resurgence when British troops leave.

The Prime Minister will dine with Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari at his Chequers residence on Sunday, before hosting the first in-depth discussion with them and their top officials on Monday.

It is the third trilateral talks session they have held since the summer. UK officials believe the 2014 deadline for ending combat operations by British and US troops has concentrated minds in Pakistan.

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.

– Government spokeswoman

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