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Top leaders praise Pakistan’s support for peace process

Top leaders praise Pakistan’s support for peace process

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Dec 16, 2018 - 14:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan leaders have praised Pakistaninfo-icon’s positive role in advancing the Afghan peace process and agreed to take joint steps towards strengthening bilateral ties.

At meetings in Kabul on Saturday, the two sides agreed to expand cooperation and coordination on the fight against terrorism, according to a statement from the Pakistan embassy in Kabul.

It added they also agreed on using the APAPPS mechanism to enhance institutional engagement between the neighbours in all areas of cooperation.

During his daylong visit, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

He discussed with the Afghan leadership recent efforts for initiating the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistaninfo-icon and assured Pakistan’s support for the cause.

Qureshi said Pakistan along with other regional and international stakeholders would take steps to facilitate intra-Afghan dialogue in good faith.

Bilateral engagement remained the most viable platform for addressing matters of mutual interest; the visiting foreign minister was quoted as saying.

In this regard, the minister added, the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) provided the most effective mechanism.

Given the importance of people-to-people contacts, he proposed an exchange of visits by cricket teams of the two countries, poets and academia and organising frequent cultural activities.

Both sides exchanged views on further promoting bilateral and transit trade. Qureshi underscored the importance of enhanced economic activity for the betterment of people, particularly youth.

To follow up on discussions on economic and trade cooperation, the Afghan finance minister would be visiting Pakistan in near future, the statement said.

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