New Pak PM to visit Kabul next month

Last Updated: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 15:47

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will embark on his first foreign trip to Kabul next month after assuming the country`s top office last week.

According to a foreign office official, Ashraf is expected to visit Afghanistan in mid-July to discuss a range of issues, including steps to make peace with the Taliban, reports The Express Tribune.

In his maiden address to the National Assembly after being elected as Prime Minister, Ashraf said Pakistan considers Kabul the ``most important capital”.`

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had confirmed Ashraf`s visit to Kabul in the near future during a meeting with the Afghan Ambassador, Umer Daudzai.

Khar also informed the envoy that she would lead the Pakistani delegation to the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, scheduled for July.

She said Pakistan would allocate USD 20 million to support the Afghan National Security Forces, most of which will be used for capacity building and technical assistance to the ANSF.


First Published: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 15:47

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