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Aziz’s Kabul visit hailed as productive

Aziz’s Kabul visit hailed as productive

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Jul 22, 2013 - 16:29

ISLAMABAD: Pakistaninfo-icon on Monday hailed Special Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s visit to Kabulinfo-icon as productive.

Aziz delivered a formal invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to visit Pakistan and met a number of Afghan officials on Sunday.

He held separate meetings with Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, Commerce Minister Anwarul Haq Ahady and High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani.

A statement from the Foreign Office said Aziz underscored Sharif’s pledge to strengthen Pakistan’s ties with the Afghan people.

"The advisor stressed that bilateral relations must be underpinned by a strong trade and economic relationship,” the statement added.

He urged the two countries to work together to strengthen links with Central Asia, including through trade and mutually-beneficial energy projects, that would reinforce regional cooperation and promote common prosperity.

Both sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the Coordinating Authority established under the Afghanistaninfo-icon-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTAinfo-icon) as early as possible to address problems in this area.

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