Pakistan - Afghanistan top leadership takes important decisions

Pakistan - Afghanistan top leadership takes important decisions

KABUL - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held talks in Kabul on Friday.

The Afghan President welcomed the Prime Minister and members of Pakistan delegation.

The two sides discussed relations between the two countries, fight against terrorism, Afghan-led peace talks, return of Afghan refugees, prisoners exchange and Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.

Both the leaders also discussed Pakistan’s connection to the Central Asia, energy transition, Quetta-Kandahar-Herat and Peshawar-Jalalabad railroad projects and construction of Peshawar-Jalalabad highway.

They agreed on achieving the common aim of regional security through connectivity.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the occasion welcomed Afghan government’s peace offer to the Taliban. He said an Afghan-led peace process is the only way to stability in the country and Pakistan is ready for cooperation in this respect.

The Afghan President reiterated that the current situation does not benefit anyone and that any concerns in this respect should be addressed through talks. The two sides agreed that delegations of both countries will prepare a timeline and mechanism for return of Afghan refugees to the country.

Prime Minister Abbasi invited President Ghani for an official visit to Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Kabul on Afghan President Ghani's official invitation for talks in order to jointly work towards forging peace in Afghanistan and in the region.