Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

PM Abassi to leave for Afghanistan today

PM Abassi to leave for Afghanistan today

The talks will focus on "strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, the return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation", the statement read.

During his visit, Abbasi would also discuss with the Afghan leadership ways to facilitate travel between the two countries, assist education and medical treatment of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and expand trade and transit facilitation between the two countries.

In a statement, its foreign affairs ministry said Pakistan's security forces were countering militant groups based in Afghanistan that launch attacks across the border.

The PM, accompanied by several other top Pakistani officials on the trip - his first to Kabul since becoming prime minister past year - will hold meetings with a string of Afghan officials, according to Ghani's spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazawi.

Military officials of the two countries met on Thursday in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan shared details of the operations with Afghanistan, it added.

Pakistan also aspires to deepen people to people contacts.

Pakistan said Abbasi welcomed Ghani's vision for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and his offer of peace talks to the Taliban.

"They agreed to hold an early meeting of the Joint Economic Commission to take forward planning and implementation of key rail road gas pipeline and energy projects that would integrate Pakistan and Afghanistan with Central Asia", the statement said further.

The two sides conferred on initiating work on the Quetta-Kandahar and Peshawar-Jalalabad railway lines, as well as the Peshawar-Jalalabad-Kabul highway.

"There is no military solution to the ongoing Afghan conflict", the two leaders agreed, calling upon Taliban to respond positively to the peace talks offer.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to regional connectivity as they had done in Herat on 23rd February 2018 while jointly inaugurating the entry of TAPI Gas Pipeline from Turkmenistan into Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government has long accused Pakistan of harbouring Afghan Taliban insurgents, a charge that Islamabad denies.

Since then, several attempts have been made, with little success, to resume the stalled peace process by a four-nation group comprising of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the USA and China.

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