PR No. 83 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed optimism that the Quadrilateral Coordination Group meeting in Islamabad will positively move the reconciliation process forward in a meaningful and sustained manner to achieve peace in Afghanistan and the region and called for united and coordinated efforts to combat militancy and eliminate terrorism.

The President said this while talking to Ambassador of Afghanistan, Mr. Janan Mosazai, who paid a farewell call on him at the Aiwn-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday.

The President said that the people of Pakistan have fraternal and special feelings for all Muslim countries particularly Afghanistan. The President stated that the relationship with Afghanistan is rooted in common history, religion, culture and people to people contacts. Praising the visionary leadership of President Ashraf Ghani and acumen of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the President hoped that Afghanistan will soon have peace and stability and said that Pakistan is ready to facilitate in every possible manner to achieve the objective.

President Mamnoon Hussain called for more exchanges in trade and cultural fields to further cement the fraternal ties between the people of the two countries. The President called for early return of the Afghan refugees to their homeland and said that Pakistan and Afghanistan should make joint efforts to facilitate their return and integration in the Afghan society.

The President congratulated Mr. Mosazai for successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and expressed best wishes for his new assignment and hoped that he would continue to work for the promotion of Pak-Afghan relations. The President asked the outgoing Afghan envoy to convey his sincere felicitations and best wishes to the people and leadership of Afghanistan.

The outgoing Afghan envoy thanked the President and the Government of Pakistan for extending cooperation during his stay in Pakistan and said that the two nations are one soul in two bodies.