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Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (234550)

Afghanistan is one of the Government’s top foreign policy priorities. Much is at stake and many challenges remain. But it is important to remember that in recent years we have seen significant political progress. Afghanistan now has a constitution, and a democratically elected President and Parliament. At the local and district level, and with the support of the international community, the Government of Afghanistan continues to work to improve governance structures. Presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections due to take place in 2009 and 2010 will give the Afghan people a further opportunity to shape their Government and express their will about Afghanistan’s political future. We are working closely with the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to support Afghanistan’s development.