Nawaz Sharif assures Afghan delegates of all help for peace in Afghanistan

Delegation of Afghan Peace Council headed by Chairman Salahuddin Rabani called on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House Islamabad on November 21, 2013 | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is extending every possible help for maintenance of peace in Afghanistan adding that a stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.

He was talking to a delegation of Afghan Peace Council in Islamabad on Thursday. The two sides discussed security situation in the region including Afghanistan.

They also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation for peace following the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

Chairman Afghan High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani led the four-member delegation.

The meeting was attended by Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Tariq Fatimi and foreign secretary.

Security cooperation between two countries after withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan also came under discussion.

The prime minister said a stable Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan, adding that he would continue to cooperate with the Afghan side to establish peace in the region.

The Afghan delegation is also scheduled to meet Taliban’s former number two commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was released in September after being held at an undisclosed location inside Pakistan.

Baradar is seen by Kabul as the key to restarting peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

Karzai formed the Afghan High Peace Council in 2010 to pursue a negotiated peace with the Taliban, who have been leading an insurgency since being ousted from power in 2001.

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