THE relationship between Britain and Afghanistan goes back a long way. Originally commerce drew the two countries together, but more recently Britain has played a huge and honourable role in trying to do everything it can to give Afghanistan the chance of stability and security, and to make sure that it never again is a haven for terror. More than 450 British troops have died in the endeavour.

Now the Conservative Friends of Afghanistan (CFoA) has been launched to build on that historic relationship by creating stronger ties between Britain, the British Afghan community and Afghanistan. The Afghan diaspora in the UK numbers about 250,000, and CFoA aims to engage these people in political issues so they can not only have a say in issues that affect them, but also feel represented in, and increase their understanding of, the British political system.

Afghanistan is entering a crucial time in defining its future. Some 18 years after the collapse of the Taliban government, the country faces an array of security, political, and economic risks, with the biggest challenge being the internal security situation. The CFoA will work with the British government in its focus on this while We will continue to support and drive progress towards a long-term political settlement in Afghanistan.

These are our contact details:

Website: www.cfafghanistan.org.uk

Twitter: @cfofafghanistan

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