PM: (PM visits Afghanistan today)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Afghanistan today (Tuesday) at the invitation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and other senior officials. This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Afghanistan and the first after the installation of National Unity Government in Kabul.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minster Mohammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting here on Monday to discuss Pakistan-Afghanistan relationship in all dimensions.

The meeting was a pre-cursor to today’s (Tuesday) Kabul visit by a Pakistani delegation led by the Prime Minister, in which Chief of Army Staff would also accompany him.

It was reiterated in the meeting to consolidate and further improve bilateral relations between the two neighbouring brotherly countries. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar; Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif; Advisor to PM, Sartaj Aziz; Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi; Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Secretary Foreign Affairs, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry among other senior government officials.

Earlier, the Prime Minister visited Afghanistan on November 30, 2013.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will have tête-à-tête with President Ashraf Ghani, who will also host a luncheon for the Prime Minister. Other engagements of the Prime Minister will include a meeting with Afghan Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and delegation-level talks with the Afghan side.

Building close cooperative relations with Afghanistan is a high priority in Pakistan’s foreign policy and a vital component of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood.

The Prime Minister’s visit is taking place at a time when bilateral relations between the two countries are underpinned by unprecedented warmth, mutual trust and a shared vision of working in lockstep to build a peaceful and stable region.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Afghanistan would further strengthen the positive momentum in bilateral relations and help intensify common endeavours in the pursuit of durable peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

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