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Afghanistan: Reconstruction

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to involve Afghan nationals not resident in Afghanistan in his Department's efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. (244581)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in regular contact with the Afghan community and non-governmental organisations in the UK. We have invited Afghans living in the UK to participate in round-table briefing sessions with officials to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, and will do so again in future. We are holding a conference early next year involving the Afghan community, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties The conference will feature prominent Afghans based in the UK speaking about the situation in Afghanistan, and will seek to promote debate about how best we can work together to support stabilisation efforts in Afghanistan.