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Unity govt striving to cement ties with Pakistan: Abdullah

Unity govt striving to cement ties with Pakistan: Abdullah

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Apr 02, 2015 - 15:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said on Thursday the national unity government had accelerated steps to cement bilateral ties with Pakistaninfo-icon.

Abdullah expressed these views at a well-attended reception hosted by Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, which was arranged in connection of National Day falling on 23rd March.

The CEO two deputies, former Jihadiinfo-icon commanders including Pir Sayed Ahmad Gilani, Masoom Stanekzai, secretary High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC), Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, former commerce minister, political figures including Ahmad Wali Masood, Mir Wais Yasini, Juma Khan Hamdard and a number of senators and lawmakers attended the ceremony.

Abdullah congratulated the president, prime minister and the people of Pakistan on the occasion on behalf of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Terrorists, he reiterated were the common enemy of Kabul and Islamabad and both the neighboring states needed to fight the common enemy jointly.

It was Afghanistan’s priority to live in peace and harmony with neighbors, he said, adding that peace was a prerequisite for the progress and development of both countries.

Abdullah acknowledged there was a long road ahead and the region needed to do more in order to get rid of terrorism and extremism.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul Syed Abrar Hussain expressed gratitude to the CEO and other dignitaries for attending the gathering commemorating Pakistan’s National Day.

Pakistan, he said, was committed to good and brotherly relations with Afghanistan and that his country was eager to expand bilateral relations in areas of security, culture, economy and agricultureinfo-icon.

He linked Pakistan’s stability to the stability of Afghanistan. Pakistan has embarked on a number of developments and reconstructioninfo-icon projects in Afghanistan with many of them have been completed and the rests would be completed soon.

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