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".
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