Ghani may meet Pakistani counterpart in Tashkent
KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) annual meeting in Tashkent as requested by Islamabad, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Thursday.
President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation, has departed for Uzbekistan to attend the 16th SCO meeting.
MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni told reporters here that they had received a request from Pakistan for a meeting between the two presidents, while no meeting with his Pakistani counterpart was included in President Ghani’s visit to the Central Asian state.
Relations between Kabul and Islamabad deteriorated after deadly clashes at Torkham border crossing and it will be the first high-level meeting if happens.
According to Mustaghni, the Afghan leader would focus on regional issues, economic connectivity, terrorism and security situation.
Ghani may hold bilateral meetings with presidents of China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other countries on the sidelines of the SCO annual meeting.
Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabani, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Directorate of Security chief Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai and other officials are accompanying the president on this trip.