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Mr. Jan Kubis, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Afghanistan, called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, today. The discussions focused on matters related to Afghanistan and Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

The Adviser underscored the importance Pakistan attached to a stable, peaceful and united Afghanistan and wished the Afghan people well during the security, political and economic transitions in 2014 and beyond. The Adviser underscored Pakistan’s resolve to support the international community’s efforts for stability in Afghanistan. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support for an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

The Adviser also highlighted the positive developments in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, marked by frequent high-level exchanges and growing emphasis on bilateral trade and economic agenda as well as regional cooperation.

Appreciating UNAMA’s efforts, the Adviser underscored the importance of deeper engagement of the United Nations and the international community in the economic development and reconstruction of Afghanistan. The Adviser further emphasized that the international community should help create conducive conditions for the early return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan.

Mr. Jan Kubis recognized Pakistan’s role in peace and stability in Afghanistan and the efforts underway to build a positive relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also highlighted UN’s supportive role in diverse sectors in Afghanistan as per UNAMA’s mandate.

Mr. Jan Kubis later called on Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and exchanged views on Afghanistan, growing Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral cooperation, and regional processes. The Foreign Secretary lauded UN’s role and highlighted Pakistan’s continuing commitment to support Afghanistan through this crucial juncture and in the years to come.

24 February 2014

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