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Pakistan wants lasting peace in Afghanistan: President Mamnoon

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TASHKENT: President Mamnoon Hussain has reiterated Pakistan’s desire for lasting peace in Afghanistan and deepening of bilateral ties.

He was talking to his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Tashkent, where he said a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan wants to strengthen the cooperative and good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan based on the principles of mutual respect of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He said that a politically negotiated settlement was a viable option for lasting peace in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.

The two leaders emphasized the need of close cooperation in fighting terrorism, which continues to cause the loss of innocent human lives in both countries.

The President stressed that effective border management was vital for the security of the two countries and peoples.

They endorsed the decision to establish a high-level consultation mechanism headed by Adviser on Foreign Affairs and the Afghan Foreign Minister and including the two National security Advisers supported by a joint technical working group to effectively deal with issues of movement of people and vehicles between the two countries and related security issues.

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