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Afghnaistan should closely work with Pak: Khar

Pakistan said Afghanistan should work closely with it on steps aimed at boosting the peace and reconciliation process.



Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday said Afghanistan should work closely with it on steps aimed at boosting the peace and reconciliation process in the war-torn country.

The remarks were made by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during a meeting with Afghan Ambassador Mohammad Umar Daudzai, who called on her and discussed developments in the wake of the summit of the Presidents of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan that was held in Islamabad during February 16-17.

Khar "stressed the need to closely coordinate future steps
with regards to the peace and reconciliation process, as well
as development and reconstruction in Afghanistan", said a
statement issued by the Foreign Office here.

Acting on a request from Afghanistan President Hamid
Karzai, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani recently called on
Afghan militant groups, including the Taliban and
Hizb-e-Islami, to join the troubled peace process aimed at
ending the decade-old war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan will support an "authentic Afghan process and is
prepared to do whatever it can for its success", Gilani had
said.
slamabad has maintained that the peace process should be
"Afghan-led and Afghan-owned".

Ambassador Daudzai said President Karzai was pleased with
his recent visit to Pakistan, which provided an opportunity to
exchange views with Pakistani leaders.

Daudzai further said Gilani`s appeal to the militant
groups was "widely appreciated in Afghanistan, both in media
and official circles".

Khar and the Afghan envoy also discussed the REECA
Conference to be held in Dushanbe next month and the Tokyo
Conference to be held in July.

Matters related to the smooth flow of goods under the
Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement were reviewed,
the statement said.

PTI

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