Riyadh renews support for Afghan reconciliation process
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has assured Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah of support for the peace process and resolving the issue of Afghan workers’ passports.
A statement from Abdullah’s office said on Tuesday the assurance was held out to at a meeting between the CEO and Mohammad bin Naifon Monday night.
Abdullah, who travelled to Saudi Arabia on Monday at the head of a high-level delegation, said Afghanistan being a victim of terrorism had rendered huge scarifies and there was need for regional cooperation and close coordination in the war against the menace.
He added the national unity government remained committed to durable peace and stability in the country. Cooperation from the Saudi government was needed in achieving the goal, he believed.
On the issue of passports, the CEO urged Saudi officials to accept Pakistani passports for Afghan citizensand convert them into Afghan identification and travel documents.
Abdullah also urged agreement on the work permit issue for Afghan labour in the kingdom. Saudi officials assured the CEO of Riyadh’s complete support for the peace process and on other issues.
Mohammad bin Naifsaid Saudi Arabia was taking concrete steps to eliminate terrorism -- a huge threat at the regional level. On the question of passports also, the CEO received a positive response from his interlocutor.
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