A peace deal with the Taliban is crucial for British troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, a group of MPs has said.
The Defence Select Committee said a peace deal with the Taliban is needed to secure Afghanistan’s future or else the country could descend into civil war after NATO troops’ withdrawal at the end of 2014. "Engaging with the Taliban in the peace process will clearly be necessary. In response to this report, the government should spell out what steps it intends to take to at least hold on to the progress made so far,” the report said. The committee’s report criticized the British government for its “simply hoping for the best” attitude toward the war-torn country, saying that Britain is responsible to “make a post-2014 Afghanistan work". Britain’s Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, however, said Afghanistan’s future will remain uncertain after the troops’ withdrawal as no certain solution has yet been found to the country’s corruption, violence, and lawlessness.