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House of Lords written question – answered on 20th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to enlist the support of countries adjacent to Afghanistan to promote solutions within that country which accord with those countries' reasonable national interests.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) attended the ministerial summit on the Istanbul Process in Kabul on 14 June to signal our political support for regional co-operation on Afghanistan. At the summit, Afghanistan and its neighbours agreed to take forward seven confidence-building measures in security, economic and cultural fields. The UK is a supporter of this regionally owned process and has pledged to provide assistance in a number of fields. We will continue to work closely with the Afghan Government and neighbouring countries.

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