In Kabul; Gen Bajwa and Afghan President discuss regional security

Kabul: The Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday visited Kabul, where in he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. During the meeting the duo discussed in detail the prevailing security situation in the region which termed the Presidential Palace as constructive and positive, Tolo News reported.

Both sides discussed various important issues including security in the region, bilateral relationships, peace and stability, anti-terror efforts, business and transit relationships, and mid-term and long-term relationships between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghan President in his remarks termed the meeting as a new season of relationships between Afghanistan and Pakistan and said good opportunities of cooperation are being provided and both countries should get the most out of the current situation.

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr Omar Zakhilwal in his tweet termed the meeting between the two leaders as constructive, candid, positive, respectful and encouraging.

“Candid, positive, respectful, constructive and encouraging meeting in a long time. I’m proud to have played a facilitating role in all this,” Zakhilwal tweeted.

According to the statement the Pakistan delegation said Islamabad is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in counterterrorism efforts that is a joint threat and added that they support the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.
Both sides emphasized that they must forget the past and work hard for a better future, read the statement.

Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua was also present in the meeting.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa is on a day-long visit to Afghanistan, the ISPR statement said earlier. The army chief will also hold a meeting with other senior civilian and military officials during the visit, the statement added.

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