Armed Forces: Afghanistan — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:35 pm on 23rd January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Stirrup Lord Stirrup Crossbench 2:35 pm, 23rd January 2012

My Lords, successful disengagement of NATO and partner nations in combat roles depends upon the existence of a political and security situation that can be managed by the Afghan Government. With that in mind, can the Minister say whether the United Kingdom is being consulted on the talks that are taking place between the United States and the Taliban, and if these talks are aimed at an outcome that can be managed by the Afghan Government or are a cover for a precipitate drawdown of US forces before 2014?