President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Pakistan to bolster ties, end 18-year-long Afghan war

Ashraf Ghani

Islamabad, June 27: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for an official two-day visit aimed at bolstering ties and cooperation between the two nations.

According to Dawn news reports, upon his arrival in Islamabad, Ghani was received by Abdul Razak Dawood, the advisor to the prime minister for commerce, textile, and industry production.

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.

The Afghan president is also slated to make a visit to Lahore during his state visit, marking the third visit to Islamabad sine 2014, as efforts have been intensified between the two nations to reach a political settlement, as well as, end the decades-long war in Kabul.

The development would have its focus over bolstering bilateral ties and cooperation in several sectors including people-to-people exchanges, education, peace and reconciliation, security, economic, trade, and political, according to Pakistan foreign office’s statement on Wednesday.

Pakistani officials have denied backing the insurgent group Taliban and said the nation favours a political settlement in order to maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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