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Pakistan has vital stake in Afghanistan’s stability: Sharif

Pakistan has vital stake in Afghanistan’s stability: Sharif

Feb 24, 2016 - 16:25

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday welcomed the decision on talks between the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon as a positive signal for the reconciliation process.

Sharif made the remarks during a meeting with an Afghan parliamentary delegation in Islamabad, a day after the Quadrilateral Coordination Group agreed to facilitate the Kabulinfo-icon-Taliban talks.

“We desire a comprehensive and enduring partnership with Afghanistaninfo-icon that contributes to the security and prosperity of the two nations,” the premier told Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.

During the meeting at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad, Sharif said Pakistan had a vital stake in Afghanistan’s peace, stability and development. Stronger bilateral ties would help reinforce efforts for peace in the region, he said.

Pakistan and Afghanistan needed to work together to eradicate the menace of terrorism, said the premier, who noted with satisfaction QCG’s progress. He said that Afghanistan must have an environmentinfo-icon to enable the return of Afghan migrants with dignity at the right time.

Speaking on the occasion, Ibrahimi said Pakistan was the only nation that supported Afghanistan against externalinfo-icon aggression in 1979. “We appreciate the Pakistani nation for hosting Afghan migrants for 30 years despite difficulties.”

He called Pakistan a second home for Afghans, saying: “We must remain steadfast friends in all situations.”While praising Sharif's policy on the peace process, the speaker said the two nations had the same friends and foes.

Ambassador Dr.Omar Zakhilwal, Afghan MPs, Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and lawmaker Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao also attended the meeting.



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