Pakistan reaffirms support for Afghan reconciliation
28 August, 2013
MURREE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday reaffirmed Pakistan's strong and sincere support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
"The region has witnessed conflict and instability for decades and it is the high time to realise the common positive agenda of peace and development," Nawaz said during a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Murree.
The two leaders held a second round of talks and discussed "matters of common interest", according to a statement of the Foreign Ministry.
"President Karzai reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Afghanistan. The prime minister accepted the invitation," the statement said, adding that the dates would be worked out later.
The prime minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan had to work closely to bring peace in the region. He termed Afghanistan a close neighbour and brotherly country and stressed that common challenges and huge opportunities needed to be addressed jointly.
The prime minister said Pakistan's security and future prosperity was linked to Afghanistan in multiple ways. He said Pakistan attached importance to a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan.
Later, the Afghan president concluded a two-day trip to Pakistan Tuesday by inviting Nawaz to visit Kabul.
Karzai came to Islamabad to meet Nawaz for the first time since his election in May in a bid to overcome a series of public rows that have hampered efforts to end 12 years of war in Afghanistan.