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Ghani to meet Pakistan PM in Paris, says Abdullah

Ghani to meet Pakistan PM in Paris, says Abdullah

Nov 30, 2015 - 16:25

KABUL (Pajhwok): In response to a request from Islamabad, President Ashraf Ghani will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN-sponsored Climate Change Summit in Paris.

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah informed a cabinet meeting on Monday Pashtun political leaders from Pakistan urged the president on Thursday to meet the prime minister in France.

Based on the outcome of the talks in Paris, Ghani will decide whether or not to participate in the upcoming ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia conference that will take place in Islamabad next week.

Awami National Party leader Afrasiab Khattak, who was part of the delegation that returned from Kabul yesterday, told Pajhwok Afghan News Ghani had agreed to meet Sharif in the French capital.

The delegation included ANP President Asfandyar Wali, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party leader Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and former KP governor Engineer Shaukatullah.

Ghani had invited the Pashtun leaders for talks on bilateral relations, focusing on peace and security in the region. They also attended a reference in Kabul in memory of Pashtun nationalist leader Afzal Khan Lala.

Last night, Asfandyar Wali also hinted at the Paris meeting. He told Dawn TV channel the Afghan government was open to talks and the leadership of both countries should work for resolving outstanding issues.

He explained Chief Executive Abdullah was previously scheduled to attend the summit in Paris. But after the recent development, Ghani chose to take part in the conference.

Pakistan had hosted the first face-to-face talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives in Murree on July 7. The second round, slated for July 31, was postponed after the disclosure of Mullah Omar’s death.

While speaking to his cabinet colleagues, Abdullah said he had received reports regarding negligence of some ministries. A delegation has been appointed by the CEO to investigate the allegations. He asked the ministries to cooperate with the team.

“All the ministers are responsible in accordance with law for paying more attention to the assessment of development and reform,” the CEO told the meeting.