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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to deal with challenges, cooperate for peace

KABUL (Muslim Times) – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday held a one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.

Both the leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as the issues pertaining to regional peace and security during the 30-minute long meeting.

Delegation level talks were also held between both the countries in which the entire gamul of bilateral relations as well as matters pertaining to peace and security were discussed. FM Qureshi led the Pakistani delegation while the Afghan President was also present in the meeting.

The foreign minister also held a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani in Kabul. Delegations of both sides were present in the meeting.

Talking to the Afghan counterpart, Qureshi stressed that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will have to work together to meet the common challenges. He stressed that there is great potential to further bolster relations and cooperation between the two countries.

In his remarks, the Afghan foreign minister maintained that peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan is vital for regional peace. He asserted that his country desires cordial relations with all the neighboring countries including Pakistan.

Qureshi accompanied by foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua and officials of foreign ministry arrived in Kabul on Saturday on a day-long visit and were warmly received by officials from Afghan foreign ministry.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal says that the foreign minister’s first visit to Kabul underlines the importance government attaches to work closely with Afghanistan for regional peace and stability.

Successful outcome of the visit will lead future efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation under bilateral frameworks of cooperation including APAPPS, APTTCA, JEC etc, he added.

Qureshi is visiting Afghanistan at the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. This is his first foreign visit after assuming the charge of Pakistan’s foreign minister.

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