Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders in UK for talks

February 3, 2013 - 7:31 AM
Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures, as he speaks during a conference about water management in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Hamid Karzai. Karzai spoke Tuesday at a conference about water management, where he first talked about the need for clean water systems and then broke off to address what he described as a “very important issue” -- the varied attempts at peace talks with the Taliban -- warning against peace talks with the Taliban without the Afghan government's involvement. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan are due to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on the Afghan peace process.

Cameron initiated the meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari last year, aiming to boost cooperation between the countries and promote regional stability.

The talks are expected to focus on preventing a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan when British and other NATO troops withdraw from the country next year.

Cameron plans to dine with Karzai and Zardari at his country residence Chequers later Sunday, before holding formal talks with both leaders and their top officials early Monday.

Downing Street says the trilateral meeting will include Afghan and Pakistani army and intelligence chiefs for the first time.