Abbasi, Ghani agree on political solution to Afghan conflict

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published
Pakistan by Muhammad Irfan | Published

07 April, 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Friday agreed on achieving the common aim of regional security through connectivity.

The talks will focus on "strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, the return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation", the statement read.

Prime Minister will also meet senior Afghan political leaders during the visit.

"Nasser Janjua, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Khyber Pakhtunkwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, among other officials, are accompanying the premier on his day-long visit to the Afghan capital", reported Geo News. In this regard, the Prime Minister would discuss with the Afghan leadership ways to facilitate travel between the two countries, assist education and medical treatment of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and expand trade and transit facilitation between the two countries. They also expressed their firm resolve not to allow politics to affect their economic relationship which was important for the welfare of the peoples of the two countries.

Also on Thursday, Javid Faisal, deputy spokesman for Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, said that Pakistan's support was critical to talks with the Taliban and that Abbasi's visit would help improve the troubled Afghan-Pakistan relations.

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However, the promising atmosphere surrounding the trip was marred Thursday night after Pakistan urged Kabul to refrain from "blame games" following allegations by Afghanistan that the Pakistan Air Force violated Afghan airspace.

They also discussed Pakistan's connection to the Central Asia, energy transition, Quetta-Kandahar-Herat and Peshawar-Jalalabad railroad projects and construction of Peshawar-Jalalabad highway. In the latest military actions, Pakistan told the Afghan about them and stressed that these operations were on Pakistani side of the border, it said.

"There is no military solution to the ongoing Afghan conflict", the two leaders agreed, calling upon Taliban to respond positively to the peace talks offer.

It was during his meeting with Janjua that Ghani invited Abbasi to Kabul to "initiate a state-to-state comprehensive dialogue".

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