The Prime Minister held a bilateral meeting with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier today in the margins of the NATO summit.
The Prime Minister offered his sincere condolences for the terrorist attack in Kabul on 30 June in which more than 40 police and civilians were killed.
They agreed that such attacks by the Taliban underlined the importance of the UK’s continued political and military support for Afghanistan as demonstrated by the Prime Minister’s announcement at the summit that the UK would send an additional 50 troops to support the 450 already engaged in NATO’s Resolute Support mission, including officer training for the Afghan National Defence and Security Force.
They also agreed that the UK and International community’s continued support to Afghanistan’s military capabilities was vital to persuading the Taliban to engage in peace talks.
The Prime Minister reassured President Ghani that the UK was prepared to do whatever we can to help the Afghan and Pakistani governments deal with the problem of Taliban activity in both countries and that there were signs of progress being made.