Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to open new chapter of friendship, cooperation

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to open a new chapter of friendship and cooperation based on mutual trust and harmony for the benefit of the two peoples and countries and for advancing the cause of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The agreement came during a one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad today, followed by delegation-level talks.

The two leaders exchanged views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Imran Khan affirmed that Pakistan remains committed to bring about a qualitative transformation in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations as part of his vision of a “peaceful neighbourhood.”

The two leaders agreed on the importance of crafting a forward-looking vision of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to support the Afghan peace process as a shared responsibility.

He underlined that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process is the only viable option to end the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan. He said in this regard, Pakistan supports a result-oriented intra-Afghan dialogue.

The Prime Minister underscored Pakistan’s respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and its commitment to stand by the Afghan people at this crucial juncture.

He said Pakistan remains committed to a peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan and wishes to have stronger political, trade, economic, and people-to-people relations with Afghanistan.

The two leaders agreed that enduring peace in Afghanistan would bring rich economic dividends to both the countries.

They reaffirmed their commitment to work together to broaden and deepen bilateral trade, streamline transit trade, and strengthen efforts for connectivity.

It was agreed to optimally utilize the existing mechanisms, including Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority and Joint Economic Commission, to remove difficulties in transit and bilateral trade and to explore new possibilities of mutually-beneficial economic and commercial relations.

There was also an exchange of views on regional issues. The Prime Minister shared his vision for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.

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