2 Pakistani delegations due in Kabul today
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two high-level Pakistani delegations are scheduled to arrive in Kabul today (Tuesday) to discuss a range of issues aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
On a two-day visit, the first delegation, according to a statement released by the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, would be headed by Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan to hold talks with Afghan officials on issues pertaining to trade and business.
He would meet President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to discuss issues of mutual interests with the Afghan dignitaries.
Following intensified diplomatic contacts between Islamabad and Kabul, the commerce minister is expected to hold in-depth talks with his Afghan counterpart to improve trade and commerce between the two countries.
In order to improve bilateral trade relations, the minister would hold meetings with Afghan Economic Advisor Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Acting Commerce Minister Muzammil Shinwari and office bearers of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
The visit of the commerce minister, the statement said would help cement economic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, well-placed sources told Pajhwok Afghan News that the second 27-memebr delegation to be headed by Pervez Khattak, chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, would also arrive on Tuesday.
Khattak and his team members would hold negotiations with key Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, speaker Wolesi Jirga Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Acting Commerce Minister Muzammil Shinwari and members of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
The Pakistani delegation would discuss a host of topics with Afghan officials ranging from trade, commerce, politics, security and specifically the refugees’ issue.
The source said that both sides would explore avenues to strengthen bilateral ties in multifaceted areas.
Soon after oath taking by the unity government, relations with Pakistan have improved markedly following exchange of high-level delegations and regular contacts between Kabul and Islamabad.
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