Afghanistan hails Pakistan’s commitment, vows diversifying bilateral cooperation: Afghan President
Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to pace up their joint efforts to reduce recent spate of terrorist incidents in Afghanistan through close coordination and intelligence sharing. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a joint press stake-out at ARG Presidential Palace reaffirmed their commitment towards taking urgent steps leading to restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the neighboring country, the focus of talks were deepening of bilateral ties, Intra-Afghan peace process and regional economic development. PM Khan assured the Afghan government of Pakistan’s unflinching support and cooperation to end violence in Afghanistan including a ceasefire.
“Let us know where we can help you. We assure you that we will be there to help reduce slur of violence in your country,” the Prime Minister told the Afghan president, as the two spoke before the local and international media. Imran Khan expressed concern over the increasing level of violence in Afghanistan and supported the idea of establishment of committees from the two governments to hold mutual discussions. The Prime Minister said peace and connectivity was the best way to ensure prosperity of Pakistan, Afghanistan and also the entire region. He regretted that the people of Afghanistan unfortunately suffered violence for four decades and said Pakistan was most concerned about the situation due to the fallout of situation in its own tribal areas.
He said Pakistan played a consistent role in Intra-Afghan dialogue and noticed with concern the increasing level of violence despite the Qatar peace deal inked between the United States and Taliban in Doha, Qatar this February.
President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the Prime Minister, saying the visit was a “step to strengthen faith and cooperation. Our common focus will be poverty eradication and empowerment of our countries,” Ghani told the media persons on the occasion. He said enduring peace within the framework of joint cooperation was important to lead towards a comprehensive ceasefire.
With PM Imran Khan’s visit, Ghani said a “foundation of trust was established today” to continue the journey towards sustainable peace. The Afghan President mentioned that during his meeting with Imran Khan, the two sides agreed that respect for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was in the hearts and minds of every Muslim and stressed that the world must differentiate between the ‘negative comments’ from ‘freedom of expression’.