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Ghani, Abdullah likely to visit Pakistan soon

Ghani, Abdullah likely to visit Pakistan soon

May 03, 2018 - 14:09

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A high-level delegation from Kabulinfo-icon is due in Islamabad for talks on boosting bilateral relations between the neighbours, says a diplomat.

President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah were likely to visit Pakistaninfo-icon in a few days, the Afghan consul general said.

Prof. Mohammad Moeen Marastial, speaking to journalists here on Wednesday, called the upcoming visit important for improved Islamabad-Kabul ties.

Both sides traded barbs last month when five Frontier Corps soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in border clashes with the Afghan security forces in Khost province.

Hopeful about a breakthrough in talks between the Ghani administration and Talibaninfo-icon, the diplomat believed the insurgents would help the government’s efforts for the restoration of peace in the country.

He branded the Taliban as disgruntled elements, saying they were not enemies. On the other hand, he denounced the so-called Islamic State (IS) as the real enemies.

“I am sure the Afghan Taliban will support the government’s initiative for durable peace in the country,” Marastyal said, adding the Afghan forces were fighting against Daesh in all parts of the country.

He referred to the IS claim of responsibility for Monday’s twin suicide attacks in Kabul, which killed 37 people, including nine journalists.

“An untoward incident occurs whenever Kabul and Islamabad come closer,” Marastyal noted, hoping leaders of the two countries would not let the enemies of peace harm their bilateral relations.


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