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Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives in Kabul

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives in Kabul

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 Apr 2018, 03:48 pm

Kabul, Apr 6 (IBNS): Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Afghanistan capital Kabul on Friday.

On his arrival, a guard of honour was presented to the PM.

"National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) 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.

Earlier, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: "The Prime Minister's visit is taking place in the backdrop of Pakistan's support to President Ghani's offer of peace talks with the Taliban for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening bilateral engagement," read a statement issued by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

"The Prime Minister will have in-depth consultations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on matters of mutual interest, including strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation. The Prime Minister will also meet senior Afghan political leaders," read the statement.

The Ministry said Pakistan will continue to support Afghanistan's developments efforts through capacity building in infrastructure, educational and health sectors in Afghanistan.

Pakistan said it aspires to deepen people to people contacts.

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.

"To promote regional economic integration, the two countries are participating in key trans-regional initiatives namely Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and Central Asia - South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000). The Prime Minister recently joined Afghan President in Herat to inaugurate the TAPI gas pipeline project. The two sides are also engaged in undertaking major bilateral rail-road connectivity projects," read the statement issued by the Ministry.

"The Prime Minister's visit to Afghanistan is aimed at strengthening the positive momentum in bilateral relations and help augment joint endeavours in the pursuit of durable peace, stability and economic prosperity in the two countries, and the region," it said.

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