Principles Agreed To In Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan

Pakistan PM Abbasi set to visit Afghanistan to'reduce mistrust

Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives in Afghanistan today for the start of talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

During his visit, Abbasi would also discuss with the Afghan leadership ways to facilitate travel between the two countries, assist education and medical treatment of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and expand trade and transit facilitation between the two countries.

Earlier this week, a high-level Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua met President Ghani and other Afghan officials to discuss various important issues. In the near-term, expect both countries to tentatively boost bilateral economic cooperation, particularly in regard to small-scale investments in Afghan infrastructure; however, no major investment initiatives are expected.

An end to border violations, regional railroad projects and finalization of a Pakistani action plan for peace and solidarity with Afghanistan were also discussed in detail.

According to Pakistan Foreign Office, the Prime Minister s visit is taking place in the backdrop of Pakistan s support to President Ghani s offer of peace talks with the Taliban for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening bilateral engagement.

Abbasi recently joined Ghani in the western Afghan city of Herat to inaugurate the TAPI gas pipeline project.




"There is no military solution to the ongoing Afghan conflict", the two leaders agreed, calling upon Taliban to respond positively to the peace talks offer.

Afghanistan and the USA have blamed Pakistan for allegedly providing safe havens to elements of the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network.

"Pakistani security forces are undertaking counter-terrorism operations in Bajaur Agency directed against terrorist groups who continue to attack Pakistan from their sanctuaries based on Afghan soil that have resulted in loss of lives and injuries on the Pakistani side", Dr Faisal tweeted after Kabul alleged that Pakistan had conducted air strikes in the Afghan province of Kunar causing "huge financial damage".

Afghanistan should focus on plugging gaps on its side of the border and refrain from the "blame game", the ministry said.

They have chose to operationalize the five working groups under "Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity".

It was during his meeting with Janjua that Ghani invited Abbasi to Kabul to "initiate a state-to-state comprehensive dialogue".

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