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NATO welcomes AfPak relations overhaul

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Following visits of Afghan and Pakistani officials and their continued meetings in both the countries, NATO the other day welcomed rapprochement between Kabul and Islamabad and suggested that practical steps should be taken to further improve the relations.

NATO civilian representative for Afghanistan, Ismail Aramaz, told newsmen that he welcomes dialogues between Afghanistan and Pakistan and he wants promises to become practical in strengthening AfPak ties. He praised President Ghani for building friendly ties with Pakistan.

Armaz hoped the talks would result in tangible outcome in near future and both countries would be able to resolve their issues cordially.

He said NATO fully supports the National Unity Government, adding that Afghans should shoulder responsibility of security of their country.

Hinting at NATO’s future cooperation with Afghanistan, Aramaz said the alliance would work in consultations with Kabul to draft its plan for its future presence post-Resolute Support mission.

Recently, NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, said that Afghan and NATO officials have agreed to maintain a presence in Afghanistan after the end of the current mission.

He said the new mission would be civilian-led and would include both soldiers and civilians to give advices to Afghan security bodies.

In response to a query, Ambassador Armaz said NATO member countries would discuss the modalities of future cooperation with Afghanistan, after consultation with Afghan officials.

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