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Afghan, Pakistani Presidents At London Talks

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, left, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai
The leaders of Britain, Afghanistan and Pakistan are gathering in London for a trilateral summit.

The talks between British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Afghan and Pakistani presidents, Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari, are expected to focus on initiatives to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

The talks come with Afghanistan facing increasing pressure to reach a peace deal with Taliban militants ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.

Britain has more than 9,000 troops in Afghanistan, mostly in Helmand Province, serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

It is the second biggest foreign deployment in Afghanistan, after the United States, which has more than 60,000 troops deployed there.

Based on reporting from AFP and Reuters