Official, Pakistan to support peace in Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs and National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz visited Kabul on Monday to hold talks with Afghan officials there and ensured that Pakistan would extend its full support and cooperation to intra-Afghan talks for peace and stability in the country, KUNA reported.

On his day-long visit, Aziz held talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasul, with both discussing ways to further promote bilateral relations and prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

While addressing a press conference, Aziz said that Pakistan was ready to help in the launch of intra-Afghan talks aimed at peace and stability, if Afghan leaders asked for it.

The Pakistani advisor went on to say that any peace talks must be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led adding that Pakistan would take every step to bring peace to Afghanistan.

His visit to Kabul is to bring a message of peace and cooperation and is aimed at removing all barriers in the way of trade between both countries, he said.

The advisor expressed his views that an expansion in bilateral trade would bring prosperity for the people of the two countries, besides improving the economy.

The visit was also “to convey a formal invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to President Karzai to visit Pakistan,” he concluded.

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