By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation and on the invitation of Pakistan Prime Minister, arrived in Islamabad on Thursday morning for a two-day state visit and held a meeting with PM Imran Khan, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
The President met Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Prime Minister House, where he was presented a guard of honor. The two leaders also introduced members of their delegations to each other.
The two leaders later held a one-on-one meeting, in which matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation in various sectors and regional situation were discussed.
After a ceremonial welcome, PM Khan thanked President Ghani for accepting his invitation and visiting Pakistan and termed it a step in the right direction to restore trust and confidence in bilateral relationships, the statement said.
According to the statement, both leaders “agreed to open a new chapter of friendship and cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, based on mutual trust and harmony for the benefit of the two peoples and countries and for advancing the cause of peace, stability and prosperity in the region”.
Meanwhile President Ghani said huge opportunities with regard to uplift of Afghanistan, Pakistan and regional countries existed and Afghanistan was taking practical steps to convert these opportunities into realities.
The President said as a result of Afghanistan’s policy of regional connectivity, Central and South Asia had become closer through transit trade and connectivity, adding the joint working committee of the two countries would encourage Pakistan’s role in regional connectivity as well, which would have positive outcome for economic prosperity of the peoples of the two countries.
Meanwhile the two sides stressed on learning from the past mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future as well as working together for enhancing bilateral and friendly ties, the statement added.
President Ghani arrived in Pakistan on Thursday morning for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.
Upon arrival at Nur Khan airbase in Islamabad, President Ghani was received by Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile and Industry Production Abdul Razak Dawood.