Pakistan will do its best to reduce violence in Afghanistan, PM Imran says

Statesman Report

KABUL: Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to Afghanistan on Thursday said that Pakistan will do its utmost best to reduce violence and establish peace in Afghanistan.

"The people and government of Pakistan have only one concern, and that is to establish peace in Afghanistan because the country has suffered for four decades."

During a press briefing alongside the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, PM Imran Khan said that he had been planning to visit Afghanistan for the past 50 years.

"I am pleased that you have invited me to this historic city of Kabul," the PM said, thanking President Ghani. "We have historical links with your country."

Prior to the press conference, the two leaders held a meeting in which they discussed ways to further deepening the fraternal bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Afghan peace process, and regional economic development and connectivity," said the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.

The two sides discussed the prospects of resumption of peace in Afghanistan following the Doha peace agreement inked between the United States and Taliban.

President Ghani and PM Imran Khan also agreed to strengthen bilateral relations as the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan were linked through immutable bonds of history, faith, culture, kinship, values and traditions.

The prime minister expressed confidence that his visit would help foster a stronger and multi-faceted relationship between the two brotherly countries.

Earlier, PM Imran was accorded a warm welcome upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace on his first official visit to the neighbouring country.