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Joint efforts required to meet challenges: Afghan envoy

Joint efforts required to meet challenges: Afghan envoy

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Sep 23, 2017 - 20:30

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan consul general in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Saturday urged joint efforts by the two countries to meet challenges and establish everlasting peace in the region.

Abdul Waheed Poyan expressed optimism that the ongoing tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan would be resolved.

The diplomat was talking to media after attending a seminar in connection with Afghanistan International Culture Day at Peshawar Press Club. The event was organized by Regional Forum for Peace and Development.

“Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing common threats which should be tackled with joint efforts,” the Afghan diplomat said.

The envoy further said his government gave much importance to relations with Pakistan compared to other regional countries.

Notable speakers included Rahmat Shah Sayal, Abaseen Yousafzai, Abdul Majeed Chandio, Fatima Atif, and chairman of the forum Alamzeb Khan.

To a question about alleged increasing Indian’s influence in Afghanistan, the diplomat said “every country has its policy to strengthen relationships with neighboring countries and his country has the utmost desire to enhance mutual ties with all regional countries including Pakistan.”

 However, he stressed, it was necessary to sort out all outstanding issues by jointly addressing common problems faced by both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He also said the Pakhtuns on both sides of the border had suffered a lot during the prolonged war against terrorism in the region.

The health and educational infrastructure had been shattered badly during the war that led to a large number of Afghans being displaced from their country, he adde.

Earlier, while speaking at the seminar, Waheed Poyan said both Afghanistan and Pakistan were bound with each other due to their common language, traditions, culture, and religion.

“We as a nation have proved that we are capable to resolve all issues on our own through traditional ‘jirga’ system. Women are given great respect in Pakhtun culture,” the Afghan envoy said.

“Both the countries are in flames. Let’s come together to fight the menace of terrorism and to bring everlasting stability for peaceful ‘co-existence’ in the region,” the diplomat said.

He also said Pakhtuns were much resilient and had remained steadfast against terrorism and rendered unforgettable sacrifices for establishment of durable peace in the region.

He stressed the need for increased people-to-people contact and exchange of delegations to boost cultural, business and trade relations between the two neighbors.

Other speakers at the event emphasized that both Pakistan and Afghanistan should promote mutual cultural relations and settle all issues in a peaceful manner.

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