Afghanistan, Pakistan Satisfy over Karzai’s Visit Outcome

 

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Afghan Ambassador Mohammad Umar Daudzai expressed their satisfaction over the outcome of President Hamid Karzai’s visit in connection with peace process in Afghanistan.

Sources close to the Ambassador of Afghanistan, who called on the Foreign Minister Wednesday, told Online that Daudzai also stressed expediting the process of probe into assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Besides, they added, “he urged the foreign minister to speedily process the allowance of the containers strangled in Karachi since November 26, 2011. The educational year in Afghanistan is going to be started soon and some of the 700 stranded containers are laden with academic books for Afghan students the ambassador conveyed.”

The Foreign Minister stressed the need to closely coordinate future steps with regards to the peace and reconciliation process, as well as development and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

In his visit to Pakistan in the mid of February, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Islamabad to help in contacting Taliban and initiation of peace process in Afghanistan.

After Karzai’s visit, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Gilani had publicly called upon the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan to support peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

The sources said that in the meeting with the ambassador, Khar promised to do what the government can for addressing the problems conveyed by Daudzai and she also vowed to expedite investigation of assassination of Burhanuddin, who was also head of High Peace Council when he was perished in an attack September last year.

His killing strained relations between Islamabad and Kabul as Afghan officials blamed that the plot of assassination was prepared by some individuals near Quetta.

However, Pakistan helped in joint investigation of the killing of Rabbani and later on Khar visit to Kabul and Karzai visit to Islamabad revitalized the developing process of ties between the two countries.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office here, they also discussed the developments following the recently held Trilateral Summit in Islamabad on February 16-17, 2012.   The Ambassador said that President Karzai was satisfied with his recent visit to Pakistan which provided an opportunity to exchange views with Pakistan’s leadership on a number of issues.

He informed that the statement of February 24, 2012 by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in response to President Karzai’s statement of 21 February 2012 was widely appreciated in Afghanistan both in media as well as official circles.   The two sides also discussed the forthcoming REECA-V Conference in Dushanbe next month and the Tokyo Conference in Japan in July 2012.    Matters relating to smooth flow of goods under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement were also reviewed. After NATO attack on Salala post killing 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year, supply route to Afghanistan was blocked. Since then about 700 trucks carrying goods to the neighboring country under the Transit Trade has been strangling.

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