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Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, National Security Adviser of Afghanistan, visited Islamabad on 26 June 2014. He was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), and Afghan National Security Council.

Dr. Spanta called on the Prime Minister and delivered President Karzai’s letter. The Prime Minister welcomed President Karzai’s letter and Dr. Spanta’s visit to Pakistan. Both sides reiterated their common resolve to further enhance the bilateral relationship in all dimensions in a meaningful and result-oriented manner.

Dr. Spanta participated in delegation-level talks with the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz. He also had a meeting with the Chief of the Army Staff.

During the talks, the main focus was on strengthening bilateral security cooperation. Both sides agreed on the need to take action against all terrorists without making any distinction among them and their hideouts on their respective sides.

The two sides agreed that terrorism was a common enemy and emphasized closer cooperation and coordination at institutional level to deal with this common menace. In this context, the two sides agreed to establish a Joint Working Group on Security, co-chaired by the Foreign Secretary/Deputy Foreign Minister and also comprising representatives of relevant security institutions. They also agreed to hold a meeting of their relevant officials in Islamabad on Thursday, 3 July 2014, to enhance their security coordination.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to building a comprehensive bilateral relationship, marked by enhanced trade and economic partnership.

The Pakistan side reaffirmed providing all-out support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

It was agreed to further strengthen bilateral engagement at all levels for addressing each other’s concerns and pursuing the cause of peace and stability in the region.

26 June 2014

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