*ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited Kabul today on the invitation of the Afghan Foreign Minister.*
*He held important meetings with the Afghanistan President and Chief Executive Officer.*
*He has offered to train Afghan police in Pakistan in a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani.*
The first meeting between Pakistan’s new foreign minister and the Afghan president was supposed to be 45 mins but according to reports appears to have run on for an hour and 35 minutes.
Mr Qureshi and President Ghani discussed issues of mutual interest and return of Afghan migrants to their homeland.
The Foreign Minister invited President to visit Pakistan and the offer was accepted by Mr Ghani.
Qureshi arrived in Kabul Sept 15, Saturday, for his first official visit after taking office. It is a one-day trip.
He was scheduled to meet his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah. He is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.
His visit comes barely two weeks after the Americans came to Pakistan. The timing matters, as we all know.
On September 5, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford met Pakistan’s civil and military leaders (Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa).
Pompeo said afterwards that they talked about business ties and ending the war in Afghanistan .