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Ghani asks Pakistan to act on London accord

Ghani asks Pakistan to act on London accord

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Aug 15, 2017 - 20:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday asked Pakistaninfo-icon to take practical steps for implementation of the London agreement between the two countries.

“Fundamental and practical steps based on the London Meeting’s agreement should be taken by Pakistan and the third party should comprehensively and impartially monitor the process in order results awaited by both the countries are achieved,” Ghani told visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

The president asked Janjua to share Afghanistaninfo-icon’s concerns with her country’s new leadership, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

It said President Ghani raised concerns about Afghanistan’s security and rocket shelling from across the Durand Lineinfo-icon during his meeting Janjua, asking her to convey the worries to the leadership of her country.

Ghani, referring to terrorism, said: “There should be no distinction between good or bad terrorism because terrorism is a serious and common threat to people of both the countries.”

Janjua for her part said Pakistan was also concerned about the region’s security situation and she would take forward the concerns of Afghanistan to the new Pakistani leadership.

On July 28, former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif announced stepping down after his disqualification by the Supreme Court on corruption charges.

Then the Pakistan National Assembly appointed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, as interim prime minister of the country.

Also on Tuesday, high-ranking officials of Afghanistan and Pakistan foreign ministries held their first round of political consultations in Kabul.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the Pakistani delegation headed by Tahmina Janjua and deputy foreign minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai discussed and exchanged views on various issues, including Afghanistan peace process, security along the Durand Line and trade between the two countries.

Both the sides stressed restoration of trust between the countries and said work should be done for expanding bilateral trust using different mechanisms.

The MoFA statement said foreign secretaries of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed on providing facilities to Afghan and Pakistani traders, promising barriers harming business relations between the countries would be eradicated at the earliest possible.

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