After army chief’s visit, Afghan president considers trip to Pakistan

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Afghan news agency Khaama Press reported Saturday that Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is considering a visit to Pakistanin the near future after being extended an invitation by Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa during his recent visit to the country.

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal had told news outlets that Ghani had been invited to Pakistan during a meeting with Gen Bajwa in Kabul last week. Amb Zakhilwal further added that President Ghani has accepted the invitation by the Pakistani military chief, Khaama said.

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However, the agency said it was not yet clear when the visit was scheduled to take place as the Afghan government has not commented on the matter.

Ghani had on Thursday also called on Pakistan to intensify the state-to-state dialogue in a bid to help secure regional peace and stability, Khaama reported.

At a Senior Officials Meeting in Kabul, President Ghani was reported to also have on the Taliban to “join the peace process.”

“The successful peace agreement with Hizb-i-Islami should demonstrate to Taliban groups that we have the capacity and the political will to enter and successfully conclude an intra-Afghan dialogue,” Ghani was quoted as saying.

Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had met Ghani in Kabul on Sunday “to discuss matters of regional security and issues of common interest”.

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