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Islamabad supports Kabul peace offer to Taliban: Janjua

Islamabad supports Kabul peace offer to Taliban: Janjua

Mar 17, 2018 - 18:48

KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan strongly supports the Afghan government’s latest peace proposal to the Taliban and is ready to cooperate in this regard, the country’s visiting National Security Advisor said on Saturday.

Nasser Janjau, who arrived in Kabul on a day-long visit, met with his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar at the latter’s office, a statement from Atmar office said.

It said the Pakistani NSA and his delegation took part in a joint meeting with Atmar and his deputies. The two sides discussed ways to improve relations between the two countries particularly in areas of war against terrorism, the Afghanistan peace process and economic ties.

The statement quoted Janjua as announcing his country’s strong support for the Afghan government peace offer to the Taliban and said Islamabad was committed to cooperation in this regard.

Earlier, Janjau called on President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace. Ghani invited Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to visit Afghanistan.

President Ghani took to Twitter and wrote, "Today, I received Pakistani NSA at Dilkusha palace. As a follow up to Kabul Process, I have extended an official invitation to Pakistani Prime Minister to visit Afghanistan. This is to initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue."

The statement from the Presidential Palace said “the two sides also discussed the importance of connection and regional cooperation between the two countries in a campaign against crime and activities of terrorist networks.”

Besides President Ghani and Atmar, Janjua was to meet Chief Executive Abdullah and spymaster Masoom Stanikzai.