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No compromise on independence, says Abdullah

No compromise on independence, says Abdullah

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May 01, 2017 - 17:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said Afghanistaninfo-icon could not tolerate its independence to be harmed and that Kabul respected Islamabad’s worries and was ready to talk.

Abdullah expressed these views during a meeting with a Pakistani parliamentary delegation which called on him at the Sapidar Palace here today.

The CEO hoped the Pakistani delegation that represented all political parties would play a constructive role in improving relations between Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon.

“We took serious steps for improving relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan after the establishment of the national unity government,” said Abdullah, who acknowledged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts at improving the relations, .

“Our joint point is to change the current situation and strengthen relations, we had missed many opportunities and we should not miss more,” he said.

Talking to the delegation, Abdullah said: “I know from my past experiences that you have many concerns and the main concern may be about the Tahreek-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistan (TTP) and India’s presence in Afghanistan.”

Abdullah said India’s presence in Afghanistan was based on a friendship and international norms, an issue Pakistan should not worry about.

He said the TTP usually lived in areas with Taliban militants who he called the enemies of Afghanistan. Afghanistan as a victim of terrorism would never support any terrorist groups, he added.

“We do not blame Pakistan for all problems in Afghanistan, but insecurity is one of the major challenges and we want Pakistan’s cooperation in this regard,” he said.

The CEO welcomed the visit and goodwill of the Pakistani parliamentarians and said Afghanistan was ready for taking every action for peace, stability and making trust between the peoples of the two countries.

He stressed on communication between peoples of the two neighbors and more trips of parliamentary delegations and meetings of security officials of the two states and promised he would also travel to Pakistan at a right time.

However, he said: “We lost many opportunities and we should not waste more time and reach an agreement for proper solutions, we respect independence of Pakistan and we want Pakistan to respect the independency of Afghanistan and national will.”

“We cannot make deals or tolerate damage to the independence of Afghanistan, we respect reasonable concerns of Pakistan and we are ready to talk in this area,” Abdullah added.

Pakistan’s national assembly speaker, Ayaz Sadiq, heading the delegation, shared his country’s prime minister letter with the CEO in which Abdullah was requested to visit Pakistan on an official trip.

Sadiq said it was the first ever visit of a Pakistan’s highest level formal delegation to Afghanistan. “We on behalf of all political movements in Pakistan want friendly relations between the two countries and fight against terrorism, we came here with a strong will to resolve problems between the two countries as soon as possible,” he said.

Sadiq said they met Afghan parliament heads, the president and a number of other Afghan officials and stressed on improving relations between the two neighbors.

“In these meetings, we heard new words and got right information about the situation, on return, we would share our opinions and understandings with the government and the people of Pakistan and follow up discussions related to national security through a special committee,” he added.

He stressed a developed, independent, stable and free of terrorism Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan.

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