Kabul (February 02, 2018): A high-level Pakistani government delegation will be visiting Afghanistan on February 3rd (Tomorrow) to hold first meeting of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity (APAPS), a statement from the Pakistani embassy said on Wednesday.
Headed by Pakistan’s foreign secretary, the delegation would hold constructive and meaningful discussions with Afghanistan on all issues including Counter-Terrorism, Peace and Reconciliation and Repatriation of Refugees, the statement said.It added, Pakistan wanted to engage with Afghanistan at official and State to State level rather than conducting diplomacy through the media.
Earlier on Thursday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif visited Afghan Embassy in Islamabad to condole deaths caused by recent terrorist incidents in Kabul
Talking to newsmen after visiting, he said that Pakistan and Afghanistan can successfully fight the war against terror through mutual trust. He said that a third party can facilitate the two countries to some extent but in the ultimate analysis Pakistan and Afghanistan will have to work together to address the challenge.
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The Minister said there is strong desire on both sides for peace in the region.
To a question, the Foreign Minister said meetings of high level Afghan delegation with Pakistan leadership have been constructive and positive.
He said visit of the Afghan delegation also demonstrated will of the two countries to join hands in fighting the war against terror.Afghan Ambassador Omer Zakhilwal said mutual discussions and good relations are necessary for elimination of the monster of terrorism.
According to the press release, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal thanked the foreign minister for his condolences and reiterated the need for strengthening bilateral engagement.
The cooperation should be focused on “upholding our mutual commitment for not letting use of our respective soils against each other”, he was quoted as saying.
Earlier, a high level Afghan delegation including head of Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) and minister for foreign affairs visited Islamabad to discuss cooperation between the two countries.
According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal, Afghan delegation brought special message of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.The Afghan Interior Minister and Chief of Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) will also discuss the ways to improve ties and further cooperation between both the countries.