Pakistan, Afghanistan to set up mechanism for border facilities

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Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to establish a coordination mechanism at the national level to improve facilitation at border crossing points.

The deal reached during National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf’s two-day visit to Kabul during his meetings with leaders of the Afghan interim government.

The two parties have also agreed to initiate a barter trade, the terms of which will be defined immediately. During the visit, which ended today [Sunday], Pakistan has offered capacity building and training support to Afghanistan in several sectors including health, education, banking, customs, railways and aviation. The two parties also reiterated their commitment to speedily complete the three major connectivity projects, CASA-1000, TAPI and the Trans-Afghan Rail project.

Afghanistan and Pakistan stressed their commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the two countries.

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The purpose of the visit was to discuss with Afghan leaders the country’s humanitarian needs and Pakistan’s proposals for deepening economic engagement to overcome the current challenges facing Afghanistan.

The Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, and senior officials from relevant ministries were part of the delegation.

During the two-day visit, the NSA called on Afghan Acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdus Salam Hanafi and Acting Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Dr. Moeed Yousuf also held delegation-level meetings with other relevant Afghan ministers and senior officials dealing with humanitarian and economic issues.

The visit produced substantial results in terms of progress in trade facilitation and social sector support.

Dr Yusuf thanked the interim Afghan government for its warm hospitality.

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Earlier, a Pakistani delegation led by National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf arrived in Kabul to hold talks with Afghan leaders on issues of mutual concern.

Afghan Acting Trade and Industry Minister Nooruddin Azizi met with the NSA and its group at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, according to the Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, said in a tweet: “Our NSA Moeed Yusuf is in Kabul with an inter-ministerial delegation. We had a productive meeting with Acting FM Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi to kick off the visit.

He would have several official meetings to strengthen humanitarian and economic engagement, he added.

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