Sartaj stresses close Pak-Afghan cooperation on security, border management

Sartaj stresses close Pak-Afghan cooperation on security, border management

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Monday stressed the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan for a close cooperation and  meaningful engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and border management for preventing cross border movement of terrorist groups.

Talking to a 14-member delegation of the Afghan media currently visiting Pakistan, the foreign adviser said terrorism was common enemy and reiterated Pakistan’s desire for lasting peace in Afghanistan, a Foreign Office statement said.

He said the relations between the two brotherly countries were rooted in common history, religion, culture and people to people ties.

Sartaj Aziz said like their past, Afghanistan and Pakistan also shared their destiny.

It was, therefore, important that the two countries closely work together for dealing with the common challenges and pursue the welfare and progress of the people, he added.

He said there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and the focus should be on political settlement through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.

He highlighted serious efforts made by Pakistan for peace talks  between Afghan government and Taliban adding that cooperation between the two countries was important for promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The members of the Afghan media delegation had frank and candid conversation on the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening of bilateral engagement.

The delegation is undertaking a visit to Pakistan from April 2 to 8, for interaction with government, parliamentary and civil society institutions.

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