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Press Release

Rawalpindi- October 01, 2017

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Kabul today. Upon arrival COAS was received by Afg Army Chief and was presented guard of honor. Later COAS held one on one meeting with President Ashraf Ghani at Presidential Palace followed by delegation level talk. Afghan president said that Afghanistan and Pakistan are friendly countries and together both shall move towards enduring peace and stability.

During the meetings, issues of common interest came under discussion. Both sides reviewed the prevailing security environment in the region in general and the state of bilateral relationship in particular. An  exchange of views and perspectives spanned the full range of Pak-Afghan relationship. Issues related to long-term peace, cooperation against the shared threats, coordination between respective counter-terrorism campaigns to restrict space for non-state actors, intelligence sharing, trade and commerce, and people-to-people contacts were discussed. COAS offered Pakistan’s complete support in achieving shared interests in war against terrorism including training and capacity building of Afghan Security Forces.

Both sides agreed on the framework for working towards peaceable environment conducive to political process essential for an enduring Afghan peace and regional stability. There was also a consensus on regular and focused dialogue at multiple levels to evolve bilateral process for minimizing misunderstanding, managing crisis situations and enhancing cooperation in order to bring peace and stability in the region.

From Afghan side Afghan 2nd Vice President, First Deputy Chief Executive officer, 2nd Deputy  Chief Executive officer, NSA, NDS Chief, Defence minister,  Interior Minister, Afg Amb to Pakistan and Afg Army Chief attended the meeting.

COAS was accompanied by Foreign Secy, DG ISI, Pakistan Amb at Kabul and COAS staff.