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Pakistan to respect Afghans’ decisions for peace: PM

Pakistan to respect Afghans’ decisions for peace: PM

Nov 19, 2020 - 23:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon Prime Minister Imran Khan, who paid a day-long visit to Kabul on Thursday, called on all the Afghanistaninfo-icon conflict sides to take necessary measures for reduction in violence leading to ceasefire to protect Afghan lives.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation, the Pakistani premier arrived in Kabul on his first visit for talks on bilateral issues with President Ashraf Ghani.

The two leaders later appeared in a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace, with Imran Khan saying Pakistan will do whatever is possible to help reduce violence in Afghanistan.

Underscoring the importance of an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement, the Prime Minister underlined that Pakistan will respect the decisions made by Afghans in the peace process. He also cautioned against those who could spoil the peace efforts.

A statement issued by Pakistan Foreign Ministry said, during the Prime Minister’s visit, Pakistan and Afghanistan also issued a document titled “Shared Vision between Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Support Peace and Stability in Both Countries and the Wider Region.”

The Shared Vision is aimed at advancing a forward-looking cooperative partnership between the two countries for political, economic and people-to-people exchanges. The two leaders agreed to constitute Committees to pursue security and peace-related matters.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at increasing high-level leadership exchanges imparting a steady momentum to bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

In this regard, he appreciated that the recent visit of Advisor on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood to Kabul from 16-18 November led to important breakthroughs for commencement of negotiations on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), progress in revision of APTTAinfo-icon, Customs Assistance Agreement, and understanding to have MoU for cooperation between two Central Banks.

The two leaders also agreed to expedite infrastructure and energy connectivity projects. They also discussed development of new rail-road projects between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister extended an invitation to President Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said President Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks about bilateral relations and cooperation.

It quoted President Ghani as saying the Talibaninfo-icon should reduce their violence because the only way forward was a political settlement.

He said both Afghanistan and Pakistan suffered immensely due to terrorism and poverty and they could work together to bring about change.

“We should have a great vision for political and economic development and should not miss the opportunities in this regard in the face of threats. Peace and stability in Afghanistan can lead to economic prosperity in Pakistan.”

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the interest of both countries and the ongoing violence was not acceptable as it also affected Pakistan.

“We want to play a positive role and relations where no doubt exists. We will try our best to help reduce violence,” he added.

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