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CEO hopes Pakistan to treat Afghan refugees well

CEO hopes Pakistan to treat Afghan refugees well

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Apr 14, 2015 - 22:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday met with Pakistaninfo-icon’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Parvaiz Khattak, who arrived at the head of a delegation in Kabul.

The Pakistani delegation met the CEO at his office and both the sides discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, a statement from the CEO’s office said.

It quoted Abdullah as telling the distinguished guests that Pakistan should kindly treat Afghan refugees living there.

Khattak said the provincial and central governments of Pakistan had been working for improvement in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s situation and reviving the stalled peace talks for the last few months.

He said the Pakistanis regarded Afghans as their brothers and they would support Afghanistan in areas ranging from refugees to politics, trade, economy and healthinfo-icon.

The meeting also conferred on facilitating people’s movement between the two countries, befitting from shared economic development opportunities and relaxing Afghans’ entry to Pakistan for medical treatment.

Abdullah told the Pakistani delegation that the unity government had been trying to improve relations with the worldinfo-icon since its formation seven months ago.

He said Afghanistan’s neighbours came first in the strategy to improve relations and hoped contacts initiated with Pakistan would yield positive results.

Abdullah said official contacts and cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields were in the interest of both the nations.

The CEO said the Afghan government was working on an organized plan to bring home Afghan refugees from foreign countries and urged Pakistan to treat well Afghans until the plan was implemented.

He tasked the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, who was present at the meeting, to hold talks with Pakistani officials on jointly reducing problems in the cross border movement and registration of those crossing the border to each side.

The ambassador was told to discuss with Pakistani authorities transparency in customs deputy on transit trade goods and preventing smuggling of precious stones from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

The Pakistani delegation, which will remain in Kabul until tomorrow, is expected to meet a number of Afghan officials, including ministers, and traders.

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