Published: Сб, Апреля 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Pakistani premier to head to Kabul on landmark visit

Pakistani premier to head to Kabul on landmark visit

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will pay a day-long visit to Kabul on Friday to hold wide-ranging talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said here on Thursday.

The visit comes against the backdrop of Islamabad's support for Mr. Ghani's offer of peace talks with the Taliban.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also held a meeting with the Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and discussed bilateral issues including fight against terrorism, reduction of violence, peace, shelling on Afghan territory, exemption of regulatory tax on Afghan exports and return of Afghan refugees.

Abbasi also met with other senior Afghan political leaders including Gulbadin Hekmatyar, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Mohammad Karim Khalili, and Sayed Hamed Gailani, to convey the support of the government and people of Pakistan to all ethnic groups in Afghanistan and to underscore Pakistan's commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan, Pakistan's statement read.

Abbasi would also 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. In the near-term, expect both countries to tentatively boost bilateral economic cooperation, particularly in regard to small-scale investments in Afghan infrastructure; however, no major investment initiatives are expected. The Prime Minister recently joined Afghan President in Herat to inaugurate the TAPI gas pipeline project.

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The two sides conferred on initiating work on the Quetta-Kandahar and Peshawar-Jalalabad railway lines, as well as the Peshawar-Jalalabad-Kabul highway. They emphasized early completion of TAPI and CASA-1000 projects. The two leaders agreed to continue the exchange of high-level visits.

"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.

Since then, several attempts have been made, with little success, to resume the stalled peace process by a four-nation group comprising of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the USA and China.

"We stand for peace in Afghanistan", Prime Minister Abbasi told an worldwide counterterrorism conference in Pakistan's capital Thursday.

Abbasi will also visit China on April 8 after returning from Kabul.

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