A report by MPs on the planned British withdrawal from Afghanistan next year has outlined the following as priorities that need to be addressed among others:
- An Afghan-led peace deal with the Taliban is vital to ensure the country is stable and secure.
- Open and free elections
- All Afghan people, including women, must be involved in the peace process.
- Afghan forces should be given a chance to test themselves in more challenging circumstances.
- Continued development aid.
- A contingency plan to deal with a breakdown in security as UK troops pull-out.
The committee also stressed the importance of a "comprehensive and detailed lessons-learned process" to help frame future foreign policy and a "major review of what the UK has achieved and not achieved in Afghanistan in the period 2001 to 2014".
More top news
Wintry weather into the weekend
Jeremy Hunt could impose controversial new contracts for junior doctors by Monday, ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston has learned.
A new video has emerged online purporting to show a four-year-old British boy blowing up a car and killing three prisoners on behalf of IS.