§ 23. Mr. Wilkinson
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on British relations with Afghanistan
§ Mr. Ridley
We maintain normal diplomatic relations. There is a British Ambassador in Kabul and an Afghan Chargé in London. We are following developments in Afghanistan closely. Heavy fighting has been reported in some areas of the country. There have also been a number of unfortunate incidents involving the death of innocent foreigners. There is a small British community in the country with whom our ambassador maintains close contact. I must repeat our advice that visitors would be well advised to avoid overland journeys through Afghanistan.