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Ghani, Nawaz meet on sidelines of SCO summit

Ghani, Nawaz meet on sidelines of SCO summit

Jul 10, 2015 - 16:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistaninfo-icon’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting commented on the "upward trajectory" of Pak-Afghan relations, Pakistani media reports on Friday.

"We must ensure regional stability and further economic integration to realize our goals. We must work together to mitigate differences, resolve outstanding disputes and create a favourable environmentinfo-icon for the betterment of our peoples,” Nawaz expressed these views while speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Ufa, a Russian city.

The meeting, the repots, which took place on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Russia comes just days after Pakistan brokered talks between the Afghan government and the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon in Islamabad.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the July 7 talks held to promote peace and reconciliation process.

Ghani and Nawaz exchanged views on how to carry forward the peace process. They also exchanged views on the efforts being made by the respective sides to counter terrorism and extremism.

Ghani appreciated Pakistan's efforts and its role in facilitating peace and reconciliation in Afghanistaninfo-icon, expressing hope that these efforts would lead to lasting peace and stability in the country.

The Pakistani Prime Minister spoke of the need for both countries to persevere to overcome challenges and build a cooperative relationship on "strong foundations".

He reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to build a positive and forward-looking relationship with Afghanistan.

Nawaz also extended an invitation to President Ashraf Ghani to jointly inaugurate the ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia process to be hosted by Pakistan in December 2015.

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar were also present during the meeting.

In efforts to foster a closer relationship, Afghanistan and Pakistan recently signed a landmark intelligence-sharing agreement.

The relationship between the two seemed tense as Afghan intelligence accused a Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence official of being involved in the brazen Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament.

Nawaz Sharif in an earlier visit to Afghanistan this year pledged support in the fight against the Taliban saying that "we agreed peace and stability in the region will remain elusive until the menace of terrorism afflicting the region is comprehensively addressed."

The Pakistani premier also met Chinese President Xi Jinping who had visited Islamabad earlier this year.



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