British FM vows continued support for war-torn Afghanistan

10:07, May 23, 2010      

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The new Britain government will be a steady friend of Afghanistan and will help the Afghan government to tackle problems in the war-torn country, visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague said here on Saturday.

"Afghanistan will find the new British government as a steady friend and helping to tackle problems we have suffered in this area of the world," Hague told a press conference after meeting with his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rasoul.

Accompanied by British Defense Secretary Liam Fox and the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, Hague said he and his team came to Afghanistan to see the situation.

"We are here to thank the British people working here in Afghanistan, as you know we have thousands of our forces deployed here," he said.

The top British diplomat also said he had discussed with his Afghan counterpart Rasoul about the upcoming Peace Jirga, or the national assembly, the Kabul Conference on Afghanistan issue and the parliamentary elections set for September this year.

"We have discussed with the members of the Afghan government about these processes," he said, adding, "We discussed how to improve security as well for the political processes."

On his part, Afghan Foreign Minister Rasoul thanked Hague and invited him to attend the Kabul Conference due to be held in July.


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