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Joint council backs Afghan-led peace effort

Joint council backs Afghan-led peace effort

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Jun 11, 2011 - 18:39

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Islamabad and Kabulinfo-icon affirmed their resolve on Saturday to work together for promoting peace and stability in the region.

The pledge came at the maiden meeting of the Afghanistaninfo-icon-Pakistaninfo-icon Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace, according to a statement.

While supporting an Afghan-owned reintegration effort, the two sides urged the international community to lend its weight to the process.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and President Hamid Karzai led their respective delegations at the meeting, which was held in a cordial atmosphere. The body will meet in Kabul in October

High Peace Councilinfo-icon Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul, the Afghan army chief, the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) head and Ambassador Umer Daudzai attended the meeting.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, ISIinfo-icon Director General Shuja Pasha, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq represented Pakistan.

Pakistan renewed its support for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity, in addition to asking the country's neighbours to uphold the principles of non-interference and non-intervention.

The participants agreed on greater intelligence-intelligence and military-to-military cooperation in dealing with the insurgents. Separate military and intelligence meetings, whenever required, were also agreed.

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