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PR No. 95 Islamabad: May 15, 2018

A delegation from Afghanistan led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai called on National Security Adviser Lt. General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua this morning. They discussed options to strengthen bilateral relations. NSA warmly welcomed the delegates and congratulated them and the Pakistani team for finalizing Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). He expressed his hopes that the agreement would be instrumental for bringing both sides closer. Mr. Hekmet, said that Pakistan and Afghanistan shared many commonalities including challenges and opportunities. He also highlighted the fact that for sustainable peace in Afghanistan, both countries need to work together. He added that Pakistan has a very important role to play for regional peace and stability. Moreover, Pakistan is not the part of the problem but solution. He also expressed hope that after the formal finalization of APAPPS, both countries will be able to develop a mechanism of sustainable cooperation and will cover the gaps in the way of cordial bilateral relations. NSA said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have every reason to come close and cooperate with each other. Both the countries need to reverse the prevailing challenging situation collectively. Both countries have immense potential and should complement each other to become a trade corridor by way of regional connectivity. “Prosperity is another name of Security, we have great future but only we are delaying it”. He added. Both sides reiterated that Economy should be separated from politics rather economic cooperation should be given a chance to surpass political impediments. They agreed to put more efforts to operationalise APAPPS, to take a fresh start, to bridge existing gaps, to build formal mechanism of cooperation in all areas of mutual interests and to take collective actions to strengthen trust between the two countries. ***** ?

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