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Need for Af-Pak security cooperation underlined

Need for Af-Pak security cooperation underlined

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:23

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior Afghan officials on Tuesday paid a flying visit to Islamabad for talks on bilateral security and intelligence cooperation.

Prospects for Pakistaninfo-icon’s support for peace efforts in Afghanistaninfo-icon also came under discussion during the brief visit of the delegation from Kabulinfo-icon, a source said.

The visiting team included Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and spymaster Masoum Stanikzai.

During the visit, the Afghan security bosses conferred with the hosts on a recent ceasefire and a renewed peace push by the Ghani administration, a Pakistani official told Pajhwok Afghan News.

At least two meetings between Afghan and Pakistani officials took place in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The delegation left after a few hours, but the trip was shrouded in mystery.

The neighbours recently agreed on a new cooperation framework called the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability. As part of the initiative, five working groups are being formed to address bilateral concerns.

The Afghan team urged Islamabad to convince the Talibaninfo-icon leaders living in Pakistan to enter into peace negotiations with the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

The Pakistani side assured the Afghans of all-out support Ghani’s peace moves, saying that Islamabad remained committed to supporting reconciliation in the war-torn country, where an Eid truce was observed for the first time in almost two decades.


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