PM Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held one on one meeting, agree to bury past misgivings
*ISLAMABAD: *Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday agreed to bury the past misgivings and open a “new chapter of friendship and cooperation” between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The upbeat statement came following one-on-one meeting between Ghani and Imran here at the Prime Minister House.
Ghani is leading a high-powered delegation to Pakistan in a first visit in almost four years as part of latest push by the two estranged neighbours to improve their troubled relationship.
The Afghan president last toured Islamabad in December 2015 to attend a regional conference on Afghanistan but after that he repeatedly spurned invitations from Pakistan before he finally agreed to travel at the request of PM Imran.[image: Ghani-Imran]
After a ceremonial welcome, the two leaders discussed the whole gamut of relationship as well as current efforts seeking peaceful end to the lingering conflict in Afghanistan.
They were later joined by their respective aides where the two sides, according to officials, had “frank and candid” discussions.
Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have remained tense because of trust deficit between the two neighbours. Kabul for long has kept accusing Islamabad for supporting the Afghan Taliban.