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Afghan, Pakistani leaders meet after air strike allegation

16 Apr 2018 TRT World

Security issues and the Taliban featured in the discussions between the two country's leaders, which came a day after Afghanistan accused Pakistan of air strikes that caused "huge financial damages".

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inspect the honor guard at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. April 6.




The leaders of Afghanistan and

Pakistan promised to work together on regional security in a

face-to-face meeting on Friday, one day after Kabul accused the

Pakistani military of carrying out a rare air strike on its side

of the border.Afghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of strikes causing

"huge financial damages" in a province bordering Pakistan.

Pakistan responded that its security forces were countering

Afghan-based militant groups on its own side of the border.The row highlighted long-standing mistrust between the

neighbours that centres on mutual accusations that the other

country does not adequately prevent cross-border militant

attacks.But Friday's previously scheduled visit by Pakistan Prime

Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

in Kabul included "cordial and friendly" talks, Abbasi's office

said in a statement.Common aimIt said the leaders agreed on a common aim of regional

security.Ghani, in a statement, said he raised the issue of border

violations with Abbasi and stressed that the situation was not

helpful to either side.A day earlier, Afghanistan alleged that Pakistan jets had

dropped four bombs in the Afghan border province of Kunar, and

warned that such strikes could damage relations.Such an incident is a rare departure from the norm of

cross-border shelling, said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of

Afghanistan Analysts Network. But Ruttig said it did not appear

to damage relations greatly, since Ghani did not cancel the

meeting.The strikes did not cause any deaths or injuries, said

Faridullah Dehqan, spokesman for Kunar police.Afghanistan's Western-backed government has long accused

Pakistan of harbouring Afghan Taliban insurgents, a charge that

Islamabad denies.Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough

to eradicate Pakistani Taliban militants, many of whom are based

in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistan.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Kabul; additional reporting by

Hamid Shalizi in Kabul, Ahmad Sultan in Jalalabad and Kay

Johnson in Islamabad, Editing by William Maclean)

Source: Reuters

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