Afghan President says Pakistan’s facilitation of peace process to bring stability to the two countriesAugust 26, 2013
Islamabad: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in the fields of security‚ trade‚ economy and communication and a decision in this regard was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Islamabad on Monday.
Later addressing a joint stake out along with the Afghan President‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said the two sides have agreed that the process should be all inclusive and Afghan owned and afghan led.
The prime minister said Pakistan attaches great importance to a peaceful‚ united and stable Afghanistan and assured the Afghan President that it will continue to extend all possible assistance and facilitation to the international community for realization of this goal.
The Prime Minister said Afghanistan is a close neighbor and a brother country and the two countries are linked by common faith and culture. He says the future security and prosperity of the two countries is interlinked. He pointed out that the year 2014 is particularly crucial for Afghanistan and this region as the foreign countries will withdraw from there.
The prime minister said two countries have agreed to work closely to promote cooperation in different fields through trans- regional initiatives. Some of the agreed projects include early completion of Torkham-Jalalabad additional carriageway‚ implementation of CASA 1000 and rail projects including the establishment of Torkham-Jalalabad and Chaman-Spinboldak.
Nawaz Sharif said the two countries have also agreed to fully implement the Pakistan-Afghanistan transit trade agreement.
In his remarks‚ Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed the confidence that Pakistan will facilitate the Afghan peace process and provide platform for reconciliation between Afghan high peace council and the Taliban. This‚ he said‚ will help bringing stability in both the countries.
Hamid Karzai said Pakistan is a friend and a neighbor. Pakistan can expect good from Afghanistan just as Afghanistan expects good from Pakistan. He said Afghanistan has also expressed willingness to engage with Pakistan in other areas but the primary concern remains lack of security for our citizens and continued menace of terrorism attacking both our peoples‚ soldiers and security forces. He said both the countries need to pursue a joint campaign against terrorism for the common cause of peace and stability.
Earlier‚ the Prime Minister and the Afghan president held one-on-one and delegation talks‚ focusing on common challenges and huge opportunities of cooperation existing between the two countries.
The two sides primarily discussed the issue of joint fight against terrorism and reconciliation and peace building in Afghanistan. Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to further boost their cooperation to root out the menace of extremism and terrorism.
On arrival at the PM house‚ the Afghan President was received by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A smartly turned out contingent of armed forces presented guard of honor to the visiting dignitary. On the occasion‚ anthems of the two countries were also played.
An eighty member delegation including Defense and Foreign Ministers and head of Afghan high peace council are accompanying the Afghan president.
Earlier‚ President Karzai was received at Islamabad airport by the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
A twenty-one gun salute was presented in his honour.
This is the first visit of the Afghan President since assumption of power by the new government in Pakistan.