Nawaz, Ghani visit 10 Downing Street to discuss regional situation

Published December 5, 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani  at 10 Downing Street in London on Friday. – PPI
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at 10 Downing Street in London on Friday. – PPI

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with his British counterpart David Cameron along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for a breakfast meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Friday, said a report published on Radio Pakistan.

The leaders discussed the regional situation, with particular reference to Afghanistan.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was also present at the meeting.

Nawaz had arrived in London to attend the London Conference on Afghanistan which was held from December 3-4. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister David Cameron hosted envoys from over 60 countries for talks on nurturing civil society, curbing corruption and encouraging political reforms in Afghanistan.

“History will not be repeated. We have overcome the past,” Mr Ghani told diplomats at the end of the conference. “We ask all our partners and neighbours to stand with us because no country is a fortress.”

Mr Cameron assured Afghans that “we are with you every step of the way”.

Nawaz Sharif told the conference that the meeting had marked a “historic new beginning” for the two countries. “Pakistan remains in strong solidarity with the people of Afghanistan,” he said.

More on this: Allies promise support for Afghanistan beyond war

On the sidelines of the conference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. During the meeting, Nawaz had said that Pakistan's intensive anti-terrorism cooperation and efforts for regional peace and security need to be better recognised by the international community.

Meanwhile, Secretary Kerry had acknowledged Pakistan's contributions and sacrifices in the war on terror. He also welcomed the recent improvement in ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan and regarded it as a step towards regional stability and also assured the full support of the US in this regard.

Read further: Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts must be recognised, Nawaz tells Kerry

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