Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met on Thursday with Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister of Pakistan to discuss issues of mutual interest.
During the meeting held in the Presidential Palace, both sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries and exchanged views on the peace process.
Pakistan Foreign Minister said that the two countries had been victims of terrorism and extremism and added that they were interested to see peace talks implemented in practice.
Foreign Minister Khar informed that Prime Minister Gilani would visit Afghanistan and hold talks separately with the President and other officials of the Afghan government to determine next steps in the peace process.
Terming Pakistan's role important in Afghanistan’s peace process, President Karzai said that they would do everything they could to implement the peace process.
The President said that Salahuddin Rabbani, Chairman of the High Peace Council was scheduled to first visit Saudi Arabia and then Pakistan and added that he hoped that Pakistan would provide necessary cooperation to the delegation.
Describing his recent trip to China as fruitful, President Karzai said that countries in the region, particularly Russia and China declared their support from the strategic partnership deals that Afghanistan had signed with some countries in the world.
Ms. Hina Rabbani promised to help with the peace process and declared that Pakistan would remain committed to support the peace efforts in Afghanistan.
She added that Pakistan and Afghanistan had had good experiences in the past and had to further work for building an environment of trust between the two countries.