Peace drive high on agenda as CEO travels to Riyadh
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah would travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) at the head of high-level delegation on Monday, an official said on Saturday.
Javed Faisal, the CEO’s deputy spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Abdullah’s three-day state visit was in response to a formal invitation from the oil-rich kingdom.
During the trip, bilateral issues and the Afghan peace process would come under discussion with the Saudi officials, he said, adding cabinet members, deputy head of the High Peace Council (HPC), ulem and businessmen would accompany the CEO.
“The Afghan delegation will mainly focus on winning Saudi help in areas of higher education, hajj, business links and, more importantly, assistance from the kingdom in restoration of stability in the country,” said Faisal.
He added the visiting team would encourage Arab businessmen to invest in Afghanistan’s energy sector and seek issuance of passports to Afghan citizens in Saudi Arabia.
Many Afghans have travelled to Saudi Arabiain quest of work on Pakistani passports. The Afghan government has been trying to provide these individuals with Afghan passports.
The CEO would also highlight the role of Pakistan in the Afghan conflict and would urge the kingdom to push Islamabad to play a more sincere role in promoting the reconciliation effort.
Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been on the rocks as Kabul often blames Islamabad for aiding terrorist and the Taliban insurgency. However, Islamabad denies the charge.
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