Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, who is on a three-day trip to Pakistan, met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday and discussed the peace process among other current topics, according to a statement from Abdullah’s office.
“Peace in Afghanistan, bilateral relations between the two countries, and assistance in Afghanistan in various sectors were discussed at the meeting,” said Abdullah’s spokesman Mujib Rahman Rahimi.
The Pakistani prime minister reiterated that he will visit Afghanistan and that he is ready to assist Afghanistan in achieving peace and strengthening trade and transit links between the two countries, according to Abdullah’s spokesman.
“The Afghan side is grateful to Pakistan for the invitation and its support for peace efforts that facilitate peace negotiations,” said Rahimi.
The hope, said Rahimi, was that Pakistan would assist Afghanistan in achieving peace.
Abdullah also met Pakistani Senate Chair Sadiq Sanjrani and discussed Afghanistan-Pakistan trade and transit relations, the peace process and other current topics, Abdullah’s office said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, Abdullah spoke at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Islamabad where he stressed that practical steps were needed from all stakeholders to advance the Afghan peace process.
Abdullah said Pakistan played a key role in initiating Afghan peace negotiations and now has a more important role in helping to end the process successfully and to stand with the Afghan people.
He reiterated that the time had come to go beyond old slogans and statements and theories and turn to new pages.
Abdullah said Afghanistan-Pakistan relations were based on mutual respect. He said the opportunity for peace talks at this time was an important opportunity for the country.
“Given the current geopolitical context of the region, many new windows of opportunity have opened up. Therefore, more than ever, the two countries need to increase interaction for a more peaceful and prosperous coexistence, “said Abdullah.
Abdullah reiterated that Afghanistan has changed and that his young, diverse, connected nation wants to freely decide the form of its future government, according to its unity and diversity. ”
He also said that Afghans do not want a terrorist trail in Afghanistan or allow any entity to pose a threat to other countries.
Abdullah’s trip to Pakistan comes amid ongoing efforts in Doha to initiate direct peace negotiations. The two negotiating parties continued to discuss the procedural rules of the negotiations in their contact group meetings.
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