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British PM Arrives in Kazakhstan


British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in the Kazakh capital, Astana, becoming the first serving British prime minister to make an official visit to the energy-rich Central Asian nation.

Cameron flew to Kazakhstan after visiting Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It is expected Cameron will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with Kazakh officials, including President Nursultan Nazarbaev.

NATO has been using railway lines through Kazakhstan to supply troops in Afghanistan.

Those same railway lines will be used to withdraw many of those foreign troops and their equipment as the planned drawdown of foreign forces in Afghanistan starts in 2014.

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Cameron is also due to discuss bilateral business relationships, including in the energy and transport spheres.

Cameron promised to raise Kazakhstan’s worsening human rights situation during his trip.

Earlier, Cameron held talks in Islamabad with Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The meeting focused on the battle against terrorism and efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Cameron reportedly urged Pakistan to help to create a "stable" and "democratic" Afghanistan.

Sharif told reporters after the meeting that Pakistan is committed to tackling "the menace of extremism and terrorism."

Sharif also praised Britain’s role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and said "such a process should be inclusive, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-led."

Cameron held talks with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on June 29 to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan and cooperation between the two neighbors.

Earlier on June 29, Cameron made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, BBC, and AFP