June 29 - British Prime Minister David Cameron visited with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday (June 29) in an attempt to reinvigorate stalled peace talks with the Taliban. Mana Rabiee reports.
A window of opportunity. That's how British Prime Minister David Cameron described the mood in Afghanistan for ending 12 years of war. He flew into Kabul on Saturday to inject momentum into stalled peace talks between the Afghan state and the Taliban, saying the time to pursue peace is now. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "I believe that the Taliban, watching all this progress, are beginning to realize that they are not going to secure a role in Afghanistan's future through terror and violence but by giving up their arms and engaging in a political process. There is no other agenda that Britain has, that America has, that any country in the West has - no other agenda other than your stability, your security and your prosperity." Cameron also used his visit to reinforce the message that, next year, British combat troops really will pull out of Afghanistan, where 444 British troops have been killed since 2001. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "British troops are coming home, that is happening right now." The British Prime Minister has cast himself as an honest broker in the peace process, but he left empty handed before flying on to Islamabad. That's where he met with the Pakistani President -- to talk, among other things, about the Afghan peace process.