Pakistan and Afghanistan

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 20th February 2012

Pakistan is an important player in the regional politics and will play an important role in Afghanistan’s future, so Pakistan’s involvement is routinely discussed during regular talks on regional issues with my NATO counterparts, most recently at the NATO Brussels summit that took place on 2 and 3 February. Lasting stability and security in Afghanistan is, I believe, in Pakistan’s interests. We continue to encourage Pakistan to support the Afghan-led reconciliation process fully, recognising that progress could help pay a peace dividend on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.