Afghan-Pakistan Peace Commission to meet this week

08:17, June 08, 2011      

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Pakistan and Afghanistan will formally launch a Joint Commission on Reconciliation during the upcoming visit to Islamabad by Afghan President Hamid Karzai later this month, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday.

Pakistan and Afghanistan had launched the commission in April when Gilani traveled to Kabul in April.

The commission is tasked to carry forward the reconciliation process, following the withdrawal of foreign troops from the insurgency-torn country.

Officials and diplomatic sources said that Karzai is scheduled to pay two-day visit to Pakistan at the weekend.

"The Prime Minister referred to President Karzai's forthcoming visit to Pakistan during which the Inaugural Session of Joint Commission on Reconciliation between the two countries is scheduled," Gilani told a visiting U.S. Congressional delegation, the PM office said.

He said Karzai will also formally launch Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement, adding that Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. being part of the Core Group have to have strategic coherence among them for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

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Source: Xinhua
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