Pakistan Afghanistan next round of talks in Islamabad

Pakistan Afghanistan next round of talks in Islamabad

KABUL - A delegation from Pakistan led by Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua arrived in Kabul on Saturday for discussions on a number of issues including the fight against terrorism.

Afghan and Pakistani officials discussed the suspected involvement of Pakistan in the recent attacks in Afghanistan, the Afghan foreign ministry’s spokesman Shekib Mustaghni said after the meeting.

“In this meeting, the Afghanistan-Pakistan action plan for cooperation in fighting terrorism, peace, return of refugees and joint economic improvement was discussed,” he said.

Mustaghni said the visit was the follow-up of an Afghan delegation’s visit to Pakistan last week - where they submitted documents on the recent attacks in Kabul . The visit took place on February 1.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement in Saturday “the Pakistani delegation held talks with the Afghan delegation - led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai - on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) – a joint action plan for cooperation in the areas of counter terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees repatriation and joint economic development”.

The meeting was held in a cordial environment and both delegations made some progress on the APAPPS.

There are still some important areas to be discussed and agreed upon, and both sides remain committed to continue their discussions to reach an agreement on the APAPPS, the ministry said.

The statement added that the next meeting will take place on February 9th and 10th in Islamabad.

However, the Pakistani embassy in Kabul issued a press release on Thursday saying that the Pakistan delegation’s visit Saturday to Kabul was not a follow up of the Afghan delegations’s trip to Pakistan.

The Pakistan delegation visiting Kabul is part of ongoing negotiations on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity (APAPS). A press release to this effect was issued by the Pakistan embassy after the Afghan delegation’s visit.

The statement noted that the information provided by the NDS chief is being examined for its authenticity.

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