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Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan called on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, today. A wide range of issues in the context of bilateral relations and the regional situation came under discussion.

Welcoming Mr. Karzai, the Adviser reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to build a forward-looking, comprehensive and enduing partnership with Afghanistan. He expressed satisfaction that Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations were on an upward trajectory and the two sides were comprehensively upgrading cooperation in all fields.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to Kabul would further deepen the cooperation between the two countries on a broad range of issues, including peace and stability, counter-terrorism, border-security, trade and economic cooperation, and regional cooperation.

They also underscored the importance of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, whose Ministerial Meeting, will be hosted by Pakistan in Islamabad, later this year.

Mr. Karzai agreed with the imperative of working together with Pakistan for enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan. He expressed satisfaction on current phase of close cooperation between the two countries and lauded Pakistan’s sincere efforts for development of Afghanistan.

25 May 2015

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