Thursday, 17 October 2019

Imran Khan ready for ‘any co-op’ on Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan reiterated his vision for finding a peaceful solution in Afghanistan, fully owned and led by the Afghans themselves.

Talking to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who made a telephone call to him yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the spirit of brotherhood defined Pakistan’s approach towards Afghanistan.

The two leaders exchanged views on matters relating to peace, security and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region.

Imran Khan said the prolonged Afghan conflict has damaged Afghanistan and adversely affected Pakistan over the past many decades.

Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed to realise the true economic potential of the two countries for assured socio-economic development, alleviation of poverty, and welfare of the two peoples.

They also agreed to make efforts for availing the geographic locations of Afghanistan and Pakistan to enhance regional connectivity. The two leaders exchanged views on matters relating to peace, security and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region, it added.

Imran once again extended an invitation to President Ghani to visit Pakistan for a comprehensive exchange of views on all issues of mutual interest. Dates for the visit would be decided through mutual consultations, according to the statement.

According to a statement issued by the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country is ready for “any cooperation” which will lead to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said that he is agreed with President Ghani’s economy-centric idea and regional connectivity and that it requires further talks between delegations from the two countries about technical issues of these topics.

Imran Khan invited the Afghan president to visit Pakistan for detailed discussion and reaching a “clear understanding” on economic issues and regional connectivity.

Ghani, meanwhile, appreciated Pakistani Prime Minister’s commitment for cooperation in the Afghan peace process and said the new spirit of economy-centric and regional connectivity by Pakistan is appreciable.

According to the statement, Ghani accepted Imran Khan’s invitation for visiting Pakistan.

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