ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf undertook a two-day visit to Kabul to discuss with the Afghan leadership, the humanitarian requirements and Pakistan’s proposals for deepening economic engagement to overcome the current challenges their country was facing.
During the visit, the NSA who also heads Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC), called on Afghanistan’s Acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdus Salam Hanafi and the Acting Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.
The visit yielded substantive outcomes in terms of forwarding movement on trade facilitation and social sector support, a press release from the office of NSA said on Sunday.
Both sides also reiterated their commitment to the early completion of three major connectivity projects, CASA- 1000, TAPI, and the Trans-Afghan Rail project.
“Both sides agreed to establish a National Level Coordination Mechanism for enhancing facilitation at Border Crossing Points. They also agreed to initiate barter trade, modalities for which will be worked out immediately,” it said.
Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq and senior officials from relevant ministries were part of his delegation.
Dr. Moeed Yousuf also held delegation-level meetings with other relevant Afghan ministers and senior officials dealing with humanitarian and economic issues.
During the visit, Pakistan offered Afghanistan capacity building and training support in multiple sectors including health, education, banking, customs, railways and aviation among others.
Afghanistan and Pakistan emphasized their commitment to ensuring peace and stability in both countries.
Dr. Yusuf thanked the interim Afghan government for their warm hospitality.