Practical Steps To Be Taken To Bolster Afghan-Pak Relations, President Ghani

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Tuesday October 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Asharf Ghani met with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Bajwa at the Presidential Palace the other day, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, the president stressed practical measures to consolidate the environment of trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan. President Ghani issued the call during a meeting with visiting Pakistani delegation, the statement added. The president called the Pakistani army chief’s visit a new opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, a statement from the Presidential Palace said. In the meeting, both sides exchanged view on various issues particularly, security, mutual relations, peace and stability, fighting terrorism, trade and transit relations, mid-term and long-term relations between the two countries, the statement continued. The Pakistani delegation assured the president of complete support on war on terror and Afghan-led peace process. They also pledged implementing the strategies suggested by working groups.
The president emphasized upon the working teams to take steps in different sectors and create a clear framework for cooperation on peace and stability in the region. He also stressed creating a system to oversee the commitments of both sides. The Pakistani delegation promised the working teams would focus on practical and implementing plans. The president said practical steps should be taken for building trust, using the current enabling environment as an opportunity. Stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan is in interest of both countries and the region as a whole, as it can help eradicate poverty in both nations, the president said. “We are responsible to work for our people and use the current environment for the interests of both countries and the region,” he said. At the end, both sides agreed to forget the past and work together to realize common objectives.

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