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MPs call for Afghan peace deal

The start of an Afghan-led peace deal with the Taliban is vital to ensure the war-torn country is stable and secure after the withdrawal of British troops next year, MPs have said.

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MPs: Government should spell out Afghanistan steps

In a report published today on the future and stability of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of British troops in 2014, the Defence Select Committee said:

We hope that Afghanistan can become a secure, prosperous and flourishing country but we are concerned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years.

Engaging with the Taliban in the peace process will clearly be necessary. In response to this report, the Government should spell out what steps it intends to take to at least hold on to the progress made so far.

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