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Asfandyar lauds Narendra Modi for Lahore visit

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: President of the Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan has termed the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kabul and his brief stopover in Lahore city of Pakistan as a positive step towards bringing peace in the regional countries.

In a press statement the other day, he said that the short visit of Indian Prime Minister to Lahore could bring peace to millions of people of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

He furthered that direct contacts of leaders would establish stronger ties and ensure peace among the neighboring countries. Moreover, he called the recent visit of Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif to Kabul as an important step to build trust between the neighbors.

“Such meetings would help to increase trust between the two neighbors and fight extremism,” he said. He added that meetings between leaders of the neighboring states could also decrease the threats of conflict in the region.

He added that Sharif’s meeting with Afghan leaders was vital to restore trust between the two countries and improve bilateral ties because relations between the two neighboring countries remained mostly strained.

The ANP chief furthered that regional countries should focus on peace and utilize their resources to improve lifestyle of their peoples while combating poverty.

Sharif called on President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah during his trip to Kabul on Sunday, where they shed lights re resumption of the Afghan-led peace talks.

During the meeting Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to take actions against elements that are hampering the Afghan peace process. They also agreed to pursue and reconciliation with the Taliban groups who are willing to join the process.

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