Afghan, Pakistan to set up joint commission for peace in Afghanistan: Afghan official

20:31, January 10, 2011      

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Former Afghan President and head of the High Council of Peace Burhanuddin Rabbani on Monday said Afghanistan and Pakistan had agreed to set up a joint commission to help bring about peace and national reconciliation in the war- torn country.

"We have had a series of talks with Pakistan's leadership including Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and political and religious leaders, who expressed readiness to support peace efforts in Afghanistan," Rabbani told reporters here after concluding a four-day trip to the neighboring country.

He said both the countries have agreed to set up a joint commission to find ways and means to end the protracted conflicts in Afghanistan and in the region.

"The commission would further build confidence between the two nations and will further help the peace process in Afghanistan," the head of 70-member council said.

He also confirmed that some members of the delegation during their stay in Islamabad met senior leaders of another opposition group Hizb-i-Islami, led by Gulbudin Hekmatyar and exchanged views on how to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The High Council for Peace is consisted of former Jihadi leaders including two ex-presidents - Burhanudin Rabbani and Sibghatullah Mujadadi, former Taliban commanders, parliamentarians, government officials and some women.

However, Taliban outfit rejected the peace efforts initiated by Afghan government, saying there will be no talks with Afghan administration unless the foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

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