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(2017-08-16) Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua visited Kabul for bilateral political consultations with her Afghan counterpart Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai on Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

The two agreed that lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan was critical for regional stability. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and the focus should be on evolving a credible political settlement.

The two sides agreed that terrorism was a common challenge and there was a need to strengthen institutional cooperation between the two countries to effectively combat this menace. The Foreign Secretary underlined the need of strengthening border management and early humane repatriation of Afghan refugees.

Emphasizing the importance of regional connectivity, Foreign Secretary reiterated Pakistan’s desire to expedite transit facilitation and infrastructure connectivity projects between the two countries.

During the visit, Foreign Secretary also called on Afghan President, Mr. Ashraf Ghani, National Security Advisor, Mr. Haneef Atmar, NDS Chief Mr. Masoom Stanikzai, former President Hamid Karzai and Hizb-e-Wahdat leader, Ustaad Muhammad Mohaqiq.

16 August 2017

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