Announcement

British Ambassador to Afghanistan visits Pakistan

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey has returned from a two days visit to Pakistan 5-6th June.

Speaking after the visit, the British Ambassador said:

“I am delighted to have visited Pakistan and to have had the opportunity to discuss the situation in Afghanistan with Pakistani political and military leaders. In my meetings with my Pakistani colleagues, I highlighted the UK’s work to help Afghanistan become a secure and stable country. The UK is actively promoting Afghan-led political reconciliation and welcomes Pakistan playing a constructive role in the process. I welcome the frequent contacts between the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and hope these contacts will ensure greater understanding and promote efforts for a political settlement in Afghanistan. A secure Afghanistan is in the interests of Pakistan and the region. There are opportunities for the Taliban to join the peace process and disassociate themselves from al-Qaeda and I hope that Pakistan can continue to play a positive role in the Afghan-led peace process.

The UK will continue to support Afghanistan beyond 2015. As President Karzai has set out responsibility for security will be transferred to the Afghan security forces”