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Afghanistan’s president Karzai addresses Oxford Union
9:30am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
AFGHANISTAN’S president is today visiting Oxford as part of his five-day trip to the UK.
Hamid Karzai will make a speech at the Oxford University student debating society, the Oxford Union.
The Afghan premier has been in the UK since Monday evening and participated in talks with Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, which Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron chaired.
It was the fourth in a series of meetings aiming to encourage a stronger Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship.
Mr Karzai previously visited Oxford in 2003 and delivered a lecture at St Antony’s College about a post-conflict strategy in Afghanistan.
This visit to the UK is thought to be the last he will make as his country’s head of state.
He is currently in his final five-year term in office after winning his second general election at home in 2009.
The UK currently has around 6,000 troops in the country and is due to pull out with all other NATO forces by the end of 2014.
After first being deployed in October 2001, 445 service personnel have since been killed in the conflict.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said that building peace and long-term stability in Afghanistan remained an important priority for the UK.
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