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Rabbani, Aziz to meet on border tiff in Tashkent

Rabbani, Aziz to meet on border tiff in Tashkent

Jun 20, 2016 - 16:30

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Top Afghan and Pakistani officials would meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Tashkent on June 23-24, the foreign ministry announced on Monday.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz would discuss issues related to better border management, a statement from the Foreign Office said.

An agreement on the high-level talks came during a meeting between delegations from Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon in Islamabad. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry headed the Pakistani delegation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai led the Afghan team, which arrived here after a telephonic conversation between Sartaj Aziz and National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar on June 15.

Monday’s meeting was aimed at defusing the tension stemming from recent clashes across the Torkham border crossing and finding a way of better border management.

Talks between the two delegations were held in a cordial atmosphere, marked by a mutual desire to amicably resolve border-related tiffs, FO said. Both sides decided to work in the spirit of good neighbourlyrelations and cooperation.

“The two sides agreed that the ideas generated in today’s deliberations will be shared with leadership and will be further refined during a meeting between the adviser and the foreign minister in Tashkent.”

During the discussions, both sides stressed the need for creating a suitable mechanism for consultation on border management issues. “Effective border management is vital for promoting peace, countering terrorism and strengthening relations…”


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