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Afghan-Pak officials discuss mending ties

11 Jun 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad, where they

discussed ways of improving bilateral ties between the neighboring countries,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two sides discussed expansion of diplomatic, economic

and security relations as well as strengthening trade between the two countries

and the issues of the Afghan refugees.

In a separate meeting he also met Deputy Foreign Minister of

Pakistan Sohail Mehmood, where they shed lights over important mutual issues.

The both sides discussed expansion and enhancement of

relations between the countries, the peace process, growth of trade,

transportation, improvement of the lives of Afghan refugees and the process of

their dignified return to their homeland.

This is while Pakistan, as Kabul believes, has been behind

most of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan. However, the country hosted the

first quarterly review session of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for

Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) on Monday in Islamabad.

Given chance for improvement of ties between the neighboring

countries and the peace process were focal points of discussions between Zaman

and Mahmood, MoFA’s statement added.

Ali Amiri, a university professor and political analyst in

Kabul, has casted doubt over recent Afghan officials meeting in Pakistan,

terming it unproductive as previous one.

According foreign ministry, President Ashraf Ghani’s visit

to Pakistan was also discussed during the session—President Ghani is scheduled

to visit Pakistan on June 27.

Moreover, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sibghatullah Ahmadi briefed media on the visit of a delegation from Afghanistan

to Pakistan headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman, recent visit of the

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and that

of Germany’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel.

Ahmadi noted that Pakistan was an important country in the

region and reiterated Afghanistan’s policy of having cordial and concrete

relations with all countries, particularly the Pakistan. He expressed hope that

Afghanistan’s efforts, particularly the recent visit of the Afghan Delegation,

leads to practical steps being taken by Pakistan.

Appreciating the efforts made by the State of Qatar for

bringing about peace Afghanistan, Mr. Ahmadi informed of the readiness of

countries like Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Germany for hosting the peace talks

between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Taliban


Since longtime, Afghanistan taking Pakistan responsible for

harboring Taliban insurgents in its soil who are chalking out plans against Afghanistan

while setting in their safe havens in the very nose of Pakistan military


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