Karzai calls for Afghan-Pakistani joint anti-terror fight

14:32, June 11, 2011      

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Pakistan to fight the common challenges of terrorism and militancy to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Karzai arrived in Islamabad on Friday for a two-day visit to discus Pakistan's role in the reconciliation process in his war- ravaged country.

Pakistani Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar met Karzai ahead of his talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Karzai underlined the need for joint efforts to defeat terrorism for durable peace and security in the two countries and the region, it said.

He also agreed that the Joint Economic Commission should meet soon to address common development challenges.

He welcomed the launching of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement and the first meeting of the Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace in Afghanistan which will be held during his visit on Saturday.

Hina Rabbani Khar underscored the importance of intensified contacts at the leadership level between the two countries to translate the immense goodwill into practical measures for promoting, inter alia, economic development in the region, enhancing trans-regional connectivity through projects such as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.

She also underscored the importance of working together on Reconstruction Opportunity Zones, for effectively utilizing the established mechanism of the Joint Economic Commission; and for implementing the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement.

Source: Xinhua
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