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Kabul, Islamabad vow joint terror fight

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan and Pakistan vowed on Sunday to expand cooperation to end conflict and establish peace in the violence-wracked country, and to restore bilateral trust and bolster mutual ties that have perennially been acrimonious.

A 28-member delegation led by Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua arrived in Kabul on Sunday for the inaugural session of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) which is aimed at strengthening trust and deepening interaction in all spheres of bilateral engagements between Islamabad and Kabul.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai said Afghan and Pakistani officials in a meeting conferred on how to salvage mutual trust and to end the ongoing conflict and to establish peace and stability in the country.

Pakistani delegation visits Kabul to follow up on previous work for the implementation of the APAPPS. “Under the joint action plan, five sub-committees will deal with political, economic, security and refugee-related issues,” he said.

He insisted that there is a strong commitment for continued cooperation between the peoples of the two countries, and efforts will continue to ensure positive results.

“We are here with a new message and commitment: Pakistan strongly supports President Ghani’s suggestion of another ceasefire with the Taliban and welcome the move,” said Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

Referring to Afghanistan as a second home,she said, “Thank you for your hospitality. We are really happy to be with you and hope our working teams will make some achievements.”

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