Pak to strengthen ties with Afghanistan: PM Imran

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated his govt has determined to strengthen relations with Afghanistan “no matter who is in power” in Kabul.

Inaugurating a two-day seminar titled ‘Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum’ right here on Monday, Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s sturdy resolve to proceed to play its function for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Khan stated his govt was making efforts to reinforce connections with the enterprise neighborhood of Afghanistan with a purpose to advantage from one another’s expertise and provides impetus to commerce and financial relations.

The prime minister stated his govt has determined to strengthen relations with Afghanistan “no matter who is in power” within the neighbouring nation.

“Future of both countries is dependent upon their unity, mutual trade, and enhanced economic interlinks,” Khan stated whereas highlighting the necessity to aid Afghan merchants and traders.

He stated each the Muslim nations had huge potential for funding and financial actions, which might deliver regional prosperity and improvement.

Both Afghanistan and Pakistan may gain advantage from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and turn into hubs of commerce and enterprise, he remarked.

Khan made it clear that the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace course of was the chief concern of his govt and no different nation on the planet may take credit equal to Pakistan in its efforts to take care of peace in Afghanistan.

Speaker of Afghan Wolesi Jirga Mir Rahman Rahmani stated Afghanistan valued Pakistan’s contributions to the Afghan peace course of.

He stated the connection between Pakistan and Afghanistan was deep-rooted in frequent tradition, belief, and values. He additionally confused the necessity for enhancing parliamentary contacts between the 2 nations.

While appreciating the steps taken by Pakistan to facilitate Afghan transit commerce, which had decreased the time of cargo clearance on the border, Rahmani stated opening new border factors for commerce would facilitate the commerce additional.

Pakistan’s Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar stated that 2,640 kilometres Pak-Afghan border was not just the longest border that Pakistan shared with any of its neighbours, nevertheless it was additionally the thread that weaves the 2 nations right into a historic tapestry of “social, cultural, linguistic, economic, religious and fraternal ties”.

He proposed the formation of a process pressure to supervise the phrases of negotiation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), which was going to run out subsequent yr and wanted enter from parliamentarians and institutional stakeholders from each side of borders for a complete future commerce settlement.

The two-day seminar was organised by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser at a time when commerce and political relations between the neighbouring nations have improved currently.

Wolesi Jirga (Afghan Parliament) Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani, heading an Afghan delegation, arrived right here on Qaiser’s invitation to attend the seminar.

[Attribution HT]

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