PM Abbasi arrives in Kabul on invitation by President Ghani

Jun 04, 2018
[video width="640" height="360" mp4=""][/video] Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on achieving the common aim of regional security through connectivity. The understanding came during delegation level talks between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul Friday. Prime Minister Abbasi arrived in Afghanistan on a daylong visit on invitation by President Ghani. The Afghan President welcomed the Prime Minister and members of Pakistan delegation at Kabul airport. A reception was organized in his honor at Afghan Presidential Palace. PM was presented guard of honor. Prime Minster is accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra. During his daylong visit, the Prime Minister will hold in-depth consultations with President Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on different issues pertaining to economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation. Both the leaders will discuss matters of mutual interest, strengthening of bilateral ties, return of Afghan refugees, and combating drug production. Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation will also be part of the discussion between the heads of two neighboring countries. Abbasi’s visit to Kabul is his first since becoming prime minister last year. Earlier, a delegation led by foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua visited Afghanistan to discuss the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity. Her delegation comprised senior civil and military officials, including Director General Military Operations Maj Gen Shamshad Mirza. After the meeting, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal informed the media that Pakistan had proposed five joint working groups to focus on a comprehensive engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity. “Pakistan will continue to support efforts for peace in Afghanistan,” said the spokesperson. On March 17-18, Pakistan's National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua held separate meetings with Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah during his Kabul trip. During his visit, Ghani invited Abbasi to "initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue". In February, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai led a delegation to Islamabad to hold the second meeting for APAPPS to boost broad bilateral engagement through a comprehensive re-conciliatory approach.

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