Afghanistan, Pakistan hold unofficial talks in Islamabad
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 10-member Afghan delegation comprising civil society and parliament members, who arrived in Islamabad on Sunday, held unofficial dialogue with Pakistani counterparts for a second day on Tuesday.
The two-day unofficial dialogue in Islamabad on Nov: 9-10 discussed ways how to remove differences between the two countries, said the Center of Research and Security Studies (CRSS) in a statement.
The CRSS in partnership with its Afghan counterpart DURAN Research and Analysis (DRA) has launched the major Pakistan- Afghanistan Track 1.5/II project “Beyond Boundaries”, as part of its efforts to help improve relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the statement said.
The Beyond Boundaries comprises two working groups i.e. Regional Security Group, and Civil Society and Youth Group, aimed at facilitating and promoting people-to-people contacts.
The first in a series of seven meetings, the dialogue has assumed unusual significance because of the current tensions and the stalled dialogue between the two governments, it added.
The arrival of the Afghan Civil Society and Youth delegation marked the resumption of dialogue between non-governmental and political stakeholders from the two countries to the backdrop of a politically difficult and challenging environment.
The Track 1.5/11 has become important also because the bilateral relationship has been fraught with mutual mistrust been the proxy battleground for complicated regional relationships.
An unstable Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship is fundamentally detrimental to peace and development in the region.
The key objectives of the initiative are: expanding the peace constituency through friendship groups in both countries; improving support for better Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship through dialogue among the influential stakeholders and informing policy makers through consensus recommendations.
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