By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met his Pakistani counterpart Arif Alvi on the sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday night, a statement from the presidential press office said.
The two leaders exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest including peace and security in the region, and cooperation in development and connectivity projects, the statement added.
President Ghani said peace was the main priority for peace and government of Afghanistan, asking the neighboring country its play key role in the process. The President also said Afghanistan and Pakistan needed durable peace to change the current challenges into economic opportunities and bring about regional. “Our bilateral relations should be based on mutual interests.”
The president went on saying that regional projects, including that of TAPI can help develop economies of the two countries, according to the statement.
Hinting to war on terror, the President said Afghan forces have suppressed Taliban and Daesh militants across the Durand line, asking the neighboring country to take same steps against the insurgents. “Unfortunately, Taliban leaders freely living in Pakistan,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Alvi said that Pakistan wished to see a stable and prosperous Afghanistan as both the countries enjoyed historic fraternal ties. He expressed the hope that bilateral relations would further gain momentum in the upcoming years.
Pakistani president referred to the economic assistance provided by the Government of Pakistan in various sectors and reiterated that Pakistan would continue its efforts in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He also said Pakistan had been hosting more than four million Afghan refugees over the last four decades and the country had always emphasized for their return in a dignified and honorable manner.
According to another report, President Ghani met Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Ministers S Jaishankar on the sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday night.
Congratulating successful holding of the presidential election, Indian VP hoped the result could bring peace in the country, adding India support Afghan-led and owned peace talks, the statement from the presidential press office added.
Hinting to strategic partnership between the two countries, India VP assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan.
Meanwhile President Ghani praised Indian assistance to Afghanistan, saying the two countries’ relations were based on democracy, adding governance was not possible without democracy in Afghanistan, the statement added.
The president went on saying that Afghan forces were defeated Taliban in battlefields, and they could successfully provide security for the presidential election in the country.
Hinting to investment opportunities in the country, President Ghani asked Indian VP to help Afghanistan in Information Technology, higher education for Afghan youth and market for Afghan products, according to the statement.