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Torkham crossing closure: Afghan delegation to visit Islamabad soon

Torkham crossing closure: Afghan delegation to visit Islamabad soon

Jun 17, 2016 - 14:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan deputy foreign minister is expected to visit Islamabad soon to discuss the Torkham crossing issue with Pakistani officials, an official said on Friday.

Tawab Ghorzan, spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC) told Pajhwok Afghan News that Pakistaninfo-icon foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz telephoned National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar late on Thursday and discussed recent clashes and tensions development between the two countries in Torkham crossing.

Both discussed the Torkham issues and ways to resolved it, said Ghorzang, adding that Mr. Aziz suggested that Afghan foreign minister or Atmar should visit Islamabad to talks over the issue.

Ghorzang said government had decided that a delegation headed by deputy foreign minister would visit Pakistan and meeting officials there. the NSC did not give exact date for the visit.

 Earlier Sartaj Aziz told lawmakers in Islamabad that he discussed the issues with Afghan NSA and asked him to visit Pakistan.

Few days-back Pakistani forces tried to construct a gate at the border to check what they called terrorist movements, but Afghan border guards resisted their attempt, as the government in Kabul does not accept the Durand Lineinfo-icon as an international boundary.

Troops have exchanged intermittent firing, leaving several security personnel dead and wounded on both sides. A Pakistan Army major succumbed to the wounds on Tuesday in Peshawar he had suffered in the clash.



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