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Pakistan, Afghanistan to advance reconciliation process: foreign minister

ISLAMABAD: Terming his visit to Kabul very advantageous, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said Pakistan, Afghanistan have decided to strengthen contacts and advance the reconciliation process.

“The clouds of fear have faded away,” he said while talking to a news channel.

Qureshi said he finalized few things during his meetings with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

He said Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah will visit Pakistan next month.

He said the Afghan Economic Commission would be visiting Pakistan next month and the next round of talks between the two countries would also be held in October.

The foreign minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan would have to constitute a joint commission if the two countries have to extend their economic ties.

Read More: Pakistan gifts 360 tons wheat to Afghanistan as goodwill gesture

He said our challenges were identical and we had to deal with them through mutual cooperation.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi proposed that a meeting between scholars from both sides could be arranged to resolve the issues.

Qureshi on Saturday traveled to Kabul on a daylong visit. This was his first foreign visit since he assumed office of the chief diplomat of Pakistan on Aug 20.

Talking to the Afghan counterpart, Qureshi stressed that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will have to work together to tackle challenges being faced by both the countries. He said there is great potential to further bolster relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Pakistan has also gifted 360 tons wheat to Afghanistan as a gesture of goodwill.

The wheat was handed over to Afghan authorities at Pakistan-Afghanistan border near Torkham on Saturday afternoon.



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