President Karzai to discuss peace with Taliban in Qatar
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said today.
Karzai's trip, which is set to take place over the next few days, will be the first time an Afghan president has held peace talks with the Taliban in the sovereign Arab state.
The leader will also address the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, which he has agreed to on the condition the Taliban ends its links with Al-Qaeda.
Karzai's trip comes after fractures in his relationship with Washington. He recently blasted US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for holding talks with the Taliban in Qatar without him and accused the US of reneging on a deal to release Afghan prisoners from a US detention centre in Bagram.
David Cameron has issued a direct appeal to the Taliban to enter peaceful talks on the future of Afghanistan after hosting talks at Chequers with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari today.
The Prime Minister said the two leaders had agreed "an unprecedented level of co-operation".
He said they had agreed to sign up to a strategic partnership between their two countries in the autumn.
At the same time, they also agreed to the opening of an office in the Qatari capital Doha for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan High Peace Council.
Mr Cameron said the agreement should send a clear message to the Taliban.
"Now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful, political process in Afghanistan."
"This should lead to a future where all Afghans can participate peacefully in that country's political process."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bin Laden notes show plan to overthrow Hamid Karzai
The New York Daily News is reporting the seized Bin Laden documents, set to be published later today, show the al-Qaeda founder was planning to overthrow Afghan president Hamid Karzai and control Afghanistan once the US left the country.
It reports Bin Laden had discussed his plans with the Taliban leadership council, known as the Quetta Shura, and the Haqqani network, which controls the North Waziristan tribal area in Pakistan, with a view of working together to complete the plan.