PM Imran Khan discusses Afghan peace process with President Ashraf Ghani

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PM Imran Khan held one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday. -APP

KABUL: Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Ashraf Ghani held a one-on-one meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kabul and discussed the Afghan peace process and other matters of mutual interest.

“The meeting focused on further deepening the fraternal bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Afghan peace process, and regional economic development and connectivity,” said the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.

The two sides discussed the prospects of resumption of peace in .Afghanistan following the Doha peace agreement inked between the United States and Taliban.

President Ghani and PM Imran Khan also agreed to strengthen bilateral relations as the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan were linked through immutable bonds of history, faith, culture, kinship, values and traditions.

The prime minister expressed confidence that his visit would help foster a stronger and multi-faceted relationship between the two brotherly countries.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=Web%20Desk&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1329352439879913472&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.geo.tv%2Flatest%2F319312-pm-imran-khan-to-arrive-in-afghanistan-on-maiden-visit-today&siteScreenName=geonews_english&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Earlier, PM Imran was accorded a warm welcome upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace on his first official visit to the neighbouring country.

The premier has travelled to Afghanistan on Ghani’s invitation.

The move has been seen as an effort to build on sustained engagement between the two countries in recent months for enhancing bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Kabul on Thursday and discussed bilateral relations, Afghan peace process and regional peace and security situation.-Radio Pakistan

The last time PM Imran and Ghani had met in person was when the latter visited Pakistan in June 2019. Before that, they had met on the sidelines of the 14th OIC Summit in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in May 2019.

The two leaders had a telephonic conversation in September 2020.

A statement from PM Office said the premier’s visit includes a head-to-head with Ghani, designation level talks and a joint press stake-out.

In this context, there have been several high-level meetings over the past few months. Besides regular exchanges between the foreign ministers, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Speaker Afghan Wolesi Jirga Rahman Rahmani and Afghan Commerce Minister Nisar Ghoraini also visited Pakistan.

The second review session of the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) was held in Kabul on August 31.

“As part of this process, and in the run-up to the prime minister’s forthcoming visit, Adviser on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood visited Kabul from 16-18 November 2020,” said the PMO.

“The people of Pakistan and Afghanistan are linked through immutable bonds of history, faith, culture, kinship, values and traditions,” reads the PMO statement. “The Prime Minister’s visit will help foster a stronger and multi-faceted relationship between the two brotherly countries.

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