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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to achieve common aim of regional security

07 April 2018

Prime Minister Abbasi thanked the Afghan President for the warm hospitality and extended an invitation to President Ghani to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to regional connectivity as they had done in Herat on 23rd February 2018 while jointly inaugurating the entry of TAPI Gas Pipeline from Turkmenistan into Afghanistan. Ghani welcomed Abbasi at Afghan Presidency where the former was presented guard of honour.

According to Pakistan Foreign Office, the Prime Minister s visit is taking place in the backdrop of Pakistan s support to President Ghani s offer of peace talks with the Taliban for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening bilateral engagement. In the near-term, expect both countries to tentatively boost bilateral economic cooperation, particularly in regard to small-scale investments in Afghan infrastructure; however, no major investment initiatives are expected. They also discussed refugee and repatriations issues, the exchange of prisoners and finalization of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for peace and solidarity.

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The Afghan president and PM Abbasi further reaffirmed their resolve to build trust and confidence between the two countries by working closely for peace, prosperity and stability in both the states.

Abbasi will be seeking to lessen mistrust with Afghanistan, whose leadership has repeatedly held Pakistan responsible for allegedly offering safe haven to leaders of the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network. Pakistan denies the charge, alleging that it is Afghan forces that offer sanctuary to elements of the Pakistani Taliban. The need for strengthening regional connectivity and energy supply from Central Asia to Pakistan via Afghanistan also figured at the meeting.

The delegation comprised senior civil and military officials, including Director General Military Operations Maj Gen Shamshad Mirza.

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The two leaders agreed that the APAPPS would provide a useful framework for broad based and structured engagement on all issues of mutual interest and made a decision to operationalize the five working groups under APAPPS.

"Nasser Janjua, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Khyber Pakhtunkwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, among other officials, are accompanying the premier on his day-long visit to the Afghan capital", reported Geo News.

It was during his meeting with Janjua that Ghani invited Abbasi to Kabul to "initiate a state-to-state comprehensive dialogue".

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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to achieve common aim of regional security