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Pakistani prime minister in Afghanistan to ease tensions

07 April 2018, 12:38 | Colleen Roy

PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one-day visit to 'reduce mistrust'

Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to visit Afghanistan tomorrow, will discuss ways to facilitate talks with Taliban

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday arrived here for a day-long visit on the invitation of Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani, the media reported.

"The Prime Minister will have in-depth consultations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on matters of mutual interest, including strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation".

He will also meet senior Afghan political leaders. "They agreed that there was no military solution to the ongoing Afghan conflict and that the political solution was the best way forward", said the statement.

The statement said Ghani and Abbasi held a one on one meeting followed by delegation level talks at the Presidential Palace.

In his remarks, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi welcomed the Afghan government's peace offer to the Taliban.




They also discussed Pakistan's connection to the Central Asia, energy transition, Quetta-Kandahar-Herat and Peshawar-Jalalabad railroad projects and construction of Peshawar-Jalalabad highway.

"The Prime Minister's visit to Afghanistan is aimed at strengthening the positive momentum in bilateral relations and help augment joint endeavours in the pursuit of durable peace, stability and economic prosperity in the two countries, and the region", it said.

Earlier this week a high-level Pakistani delegation has reached Afghanistan to hold talks with Afghan authorities on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).

"Pakistani security forces are undertaking counter-terrorism operations in Bajaur Agency directed against terrorist groups who continue to attack Pakistan from their sanctuaries based on Afghan soil that have resulted in loss of lives and injuries on the Pakistani side", Dr Faisal tweeted after Kabul alleged that Pakistan had conducted air strikes in the Afghan province of Kunar causing "huge financial damage". In the latest military actions, Pakistan told the Afghan about them and stressed that these operations were on Pakistani side of the border, it said. Islamabad rejected the reports and advised Kabul to "refrain from blame game".

During his meeting with Ghani, the Afghan president invited PM Abbasi to "initiate a state-to-state comprehensive dialogue".



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