Pakistan - Afghanistan should not let India define their bilateral relations: Afghan Ambassador

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ISLAMABAD – Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal said on Sunday that Pakistan and Afghanistan should not let any third party especially India define the nature of relations between the two countries.

In an interview to local media, the envoy stated that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hope to work together for the betterment of their respective countries and added that Kabul should be ‘cautiously optimistic’ after the meeting between two officials.

“General Bajwa is serious and sincere about improving relations with Afghanistan and Ghani is also serious about opening doors of friendship with Pakistan,” he said.

He expressed that the Ghani-Bajwa huddle was not a surprising move and many meetings were held prior to to the October 1 session.

Sharing details as to what was discussed during the meeting, the envoy said both countries had provided assurances that credible and believable steps would be taken to remove sanctuaries from their soil.

On COAS’s invitation to Ghani to visit Pakistan, Dr Zakhilwal said that the invitation was extended on behalf of the Pakistani government and the Afghan head would be honouring the invitation at the oppurtune time.

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