Afghan President Ghani, Pakistan PM Khan hold bilateral meeting, discuss peace process

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Islamabad, June 27: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan have on Thursday held a meeting in Islamabad and discussed ways to put an end to 18-year-old Afghan war and crisis.

Ghani has arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for an official two-day visit aimed at bolstering ties and cooperation between the two nations. Upon his arrival in Islamabad, Ghani was received by Abdul Razak Dawood, the advisor to the prime minister for commerce, textile, and industry production.

In a tweet, the government of Pakistan, acknowledged the development and said, “One on one meeting held between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad. Matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation in various sectors and regional situation were discussed in the meeting.”

Ghani’s visit comes shortly in a week after Islamabad summoned dozens of the Afghan politicians in order to hold discussions over paving ways to put an end to the 18-year-long Afghan war and crisis.

Ghani, accompanies by his regime ministers, business delegations, and advisers, has visited Pakistan at an invitation extended from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan has claimed Ghani “appreciated” Islamabad’s efforts in the Afghan peace process. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasized Islamabad seeks to play a vital role in “achieving peace in Afghanistan with sincerity and an open heart”, according to ANI news reports.

Qureshi said, “For decades now, the people of Afghanistan have suffered due to the security situation and instability prevalent in their country. That must end and Pakistan wants to play its due role in achieving that objective.”

He further added saying his country has always emphasized the importance for result-oriented talks, adding, “We firmly believe that is the only way to establish durable peace in Afghanistan.”

 

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