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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar today received Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Mr. Jawed Ludin, currently on a 2-day official visit to Pakistan.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ludin referred to the inter-dependence of the destiny of the two peoples and countries. He noted with appreciation the finalization of APTTA as an important step toward strengthening of economic and commercial ties.

Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar expressed satisfaction over the current state of bilateral relations between the two countries, which had undergone tremendous change under the present democratic regime. She emphasized the need to further consolidate these relations through joint efforts. She underlined Pakistan’s keenness to see stability and peace in Afghanistan and assured the Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister that it would extend all possible cooperation to Afghanistan in order to achieve this objective. Economic development would hasten this process.

Bilateral exchanges between Pakistan and Afghanistan are a regular feature. Mr. Ludin’s visit is a part of the ongoing bilateral consultative process. Apart from holding bilateral talks, he is here to work out details for a visit by the Afghan President in the near future.

06 June 2011

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