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Pakistan foreign secretary in Kabul for talks

Pakistan foreign secretary in Kabul for talks

May 23, 2011 - 13:15

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrived in Kabul at the head of a high-level delegation on Monday to participate in a trilateral meeting, officials said.

Bashir would attend the three-way talks among Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistan and the US, a spokesman for the Pakistani embassy in Kabul told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Ludin and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mark Grossman and Bashir would confer on a wide range of issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ahmad Zahir Faqiri said.

"The participants would try to convince Pakistan into playing a more proactive role in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan," Faqiri said.

Press Attaché at the Pakistan embassy in Kabul Ghulam Mohammad Wazir said the meeting would be held on Tuesday. The visiting foreign secretary would meet Ludin before the tripartite negotiations, he added.

Bashir would deliver a "special message" from Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to President Hamid Karzai, the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad said, without giving further details.



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