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Karzai to visit Pak today

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will arrive here Monday on a one-day trip to discuss the frayed ties with Pakistan.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: August 26, 2013 3:55:06 am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will arrive here Monday on a one-day trip to discuss the frayed ties with Pakistan and seek release of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader as a confidence building measure.

Ties between the two countries nosedived after Pakistan and the US supported a Taliban office that opened in Doha in June to foster talks and also over a reported statement by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz that Kabul should cede some provinces to Taliban for lasting peace.

Aziz reportedly proposed this to Afghan ambassador Umer Duadzai in a meeting in Islamabad in June.

Confirming the visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said the Afghan president would be accompanied by a high-level delegation of cabinet ministers and senior officials. “This will be the first highest-level exchange between Pakistan and Afghanistan since the democratic transition and swearing-in of the new government,” said Chaudhry. “Karzai’s visit will carry forward this process of constructive engagement between the two countries.”

The two leaders will have in-depth consultations on all issues of common interest,including the evolving situation in the region as well as ways to deepen and broaden Pakistan.

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