ISLAMABAD (dpa) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday that his country supports the new Afghan government’s efforts to seek peace with Taleban insurgents.
Addressing a joint press conference with visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad, Sharif said both leaders agreed to “upgrade cooperation in all fields.”
“I also reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the intra-Afghan reconciliation process that the new government is initiating. This process, we agreed, must be fully Afghan-led and Afghan-owned,” he said.
Ghani, who arrived Friday on his two-day, first-ever trip to Afghanistan’s eastern neighbour, said his country was “ready to overcome the past” and will not let previous bitterness prevent the strengthening of ties with Pakistan.
He said “instability,” whether in Kabul or Islamabad, affects the two countries and it was important for them to move forward to give “peace, security and prosperity” to future generations.
The two men discussed cooperation in areas of border security and defence.
Their finance ministers, meanwhile, signed an agreement to advance the economic partnership by expanding trade, promoting investment, improving infrastructure, building road and rail links and enhancing energy collaboration.
Ghani’s meeting with Sharif came after his Friday talks with army chief General Raheel Sharif to discuss security issues and later discussion with President Mamnoon Hussain.