Sartaj Aziz meets Afghan counterpart: urges to stop anti-Pakistan campaign


KABUL: Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on Friday called on Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani in Kabul and demanded to halt anti-Pakistan campaign.

According to reports, Sartaj Aziz also asked the Afghan authorities to ensure security of Pakistani diplomats.

He advised the Afghan side that use of force against the Taliban will not be a wise decision. He said that Islamabad is still ready to facilitate the revival of stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Pakistan hosted the first round of Taliban peace talks in July, but a planned second round was indefinitely postponed after the Afghan government announced that the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had died years earlier.

Earlier today, Sartaj Aziz attended the ministerial meeting of the Sixth Regional Economic Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VI).

Addressing the participants, he said that Pakistan is working on a number of cross-border and trans-regional connectivity projects, including infrastructure, road/rail and energy, and promotion of trade and investment. These projects include some under RECCA framework and some on the bilateral plane.

He said Pakistan has expedited work on rail connectivity projects, including Peshawar-Jalalabad and Chaman-Spinboldak Rail Links between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Besides this, authorities are also working on the feasibility study for Peshawar-Kabul Motorway.

“The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can also play a transformative role, not only for Pakistan but for the region as a whole. Once implemented, the CPEC would provide a competitive transit route for trade between western China, which is undergoing rapid development, Central Asia and Afghanistan,” he said.

The advisor said that Pakistan is committed to enhance its assistance for training of Afghan civil servants including diplomats and police.  NNI

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