Arrival of the Afghan peace delegates at Dakka, 24 July 1919
Photograph by Randolph Bezzant Holmes (1888-1973), 3rd Afghan War, 1919.
The Afghan peace delegation arrived at Dakka on 24 July 1919, where they were received by a Guard of Honour from the Somerset Light Infantry before travelling on to Landi Kotal and then Rawalpindi, where on 8 August 1919, they signed the treaty that formally ended the 3rd Afghan War (1919). The treaty finally gave the Afghans the right to conduct their own foreign affairs as a fully independent state. For the British, the Durand Line, long a contentious issue between the two nations, was reaffirmed as the political boundary separating Afghanistan from the North West Frontier. The Afghans also agreed to stop interfering with the tribes on the British side of the line.
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