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Prime Minister Gilani and President Karzai Led Bilateral Talks

Islamabad: Bilateral talks were held in cordial atmosphere between Pakistan and Afghanistan at PM’s House here today where the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Afghan President, Mr. Hamid Karzai led their delegations.

Both sides agreed on the need to strengthen mutual cooperation to overcome the common challenges of terrorism and extremism and expressed their resolve to work for the stability and peace of both the countries.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan supported any peace process in Afghanistan which was Afghan led and Afghan owned because peace, prosperity and independence of Afghanistan was in the best national interest of Pakistan.

Both sides reviewed the current developments in and around the region relating to peace and stability. They also discussed bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade and commerce, infrastructure development, regional transit trade and cross border movement.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan would continue to extend full cooperation to Afghan Government in the investigation of the assassination of Professor Buhanuddin Rabbani.

The Afghan President expressed his deep sense of gratitude to the government of Pakistan for the assistance in the investigation of assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani

The Afghan President apprised the several initiatives which were currently underway to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The Afghan President termed Pakistan’s support as critical to the success of Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process and the reconciliation in the country.

The Afghan President during the talks said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were twin brothers and therefore should cooperate in the same spirit for the cause of peace and stability in both countries.

The Pakistan delegation included, Minister for Commerce, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minister for Defence, Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Interior, Mr. Rehman Malik, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Advisor on Finance, Dr. Abul Hafiz Sheikh, Advisor on Petroleum, Dr. Asim Hussain, Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, DG ISI, Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Senior Government officials.

The Afghan delegation included, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Jawed Ludin, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan, Muhammad Umar Daudzai and other senior Afghan Government officials.

Earlier, the Afghan President, Mr. Hamid Karzai was received by the Prime Minister on his arrival at the PM’s House.

Both the leaders had one on one meeting prior to the bilateral talks.

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