Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Thursday and the two leaders explored ways to deepen bilateral ties and discussed the Afghan reconciliation process, amid a surge in violence which has strained the peace in the war-ravaged country.
Khan was received by Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and the Afghan President’s Special Representative for Pakistan Mohammad Umer Daudzai and senior officials upon his arrival at Kabul airport on his first trip to Afghanistan, said officials.
He was received by President Ghani upon his arrival at the ARG Presidential Palace, located in the heart of Kabul city.
Khan was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Trade Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Lt. General Faiz Hamid of ISI, Foreign Minister Sohail Mehmood and Special Representative for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq.
According to officials, the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral ties, the peace process and regional economic development and connectivity.
They agreed to strengthen bilateral relations as the peoples of Pakistan and Afghanistan are linked by ties of history, faith, culture, values and traditions.
Khan said he was confident his visit would help foster a stronger and more multifaceted relationship between the two countries.
The visit will help foster a stronger and more multifaceted relationship between the two countries, according to Pakistan’s foreign ministry.
This is Khan’s first visit to Afghanistan since taking office in 2018. It is the most publicized visit by a Pakistani official to Kabul since the start of the peace talks between the Taliban and the government. Afghan in Doha in September.
This comes days after the Pentagon announced it would reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January.
The announcement came as there has been an upsurge in violence, with the Taliban continuing to carry out attacks against government leaders, security forces and civilians.
President Ghani last visited Pakistan in June 2019.
The visit of the Pakistani prime minister is presented as a symbol of the growing trust between the two countries, sparked by Pakistan’s role in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, after years of acrimony between Islamabad and Kabul.
Previously, the two leaders had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 14th OIC Summit in Mecca in May 2019. Khan also had a telephone conversation with President Ghani in September 2020.
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