Pakistani prime minister calls for joint Pak-Afghan border monitoring system

08:04, July 22, 2010      

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Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday emphasized the need for joint monitoring of Pakistan-Afghan border and increased sharing of information on the cross-border movement of militants and terrorists between Pakistani and NATO-ISAF forces.

Talking to NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen who arrived here for a one-day visit after the Kabul conference, the Prime Minister also underscored the importance of ever closer consultation and better understanding on all issues of common interests between Pakistan and NATO, said the PM office following the talk.

Gilani welcomed the proposal for signing a Framework Agreement between Pakistan and NATO through Joint Political Declaration and hoped that both sides will exchange drafts of the proposed Declaration in the near future to finalize it for signing as soon as possible.

He also appreciated NATO's training facilities for Pakistan's military and civilian personnel and hoped that this cooperation will be further expanded to strengthen his country's counter- terrorism and counter-insurgency capabilities.

The Prime Minister drew the attention of the Secretary General to the need of refurbishment of the road infrastructure for facilitating smooth supplies to ISAF forces through Pakistan and sought NATO's assistance in improving the related road network in the country.

He stressed that the international community must stay engaged and facilitate efforts of the Afghan government to rebuild its state institutions and related capacity. He reiterated Pakistan's offer for the training of the Afghan National Army, National Police and civil servants.

Anders Fogh Rasmussan expressed his satisfaction over the on- going cooperation between Pakistan and NATO and vowed to expedite finalization of Joint Political Declaration between the two sides. The Secretary General said that NATO would like to have a long- term and robust cooperation going beyond resolution of Afghanistan crisis.

He said that NATO, besides capacity building of Pakistan's military and civil officers in anti-terrorism fields, was willing to provide training to personnel of concerned Pakistani agencies in anti narcotic drive.

Source: Xinhua


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