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Pakistan wants deep relations with Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

08:53, February 02, 2012

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (L) addresses a joint press conference with her Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rasoul in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 1, 2012. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday, a private local television channel reported. Hina Rabbani Khar stated that the intention of her visit was to give a very strong message to Kabul about Pakistan's desire to have a long-standing deep relationship with Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

KABUL, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said here Wednesday that her country wants to have deep and long-standing relations with Afghanistan.

"The intention of my visit here was to give a very strong message to Kabul about Pakistan's desire to have a long-standing deep relationship with Afghanistan," Khar told a joint press conference with her Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rasoul.

This is her first visit to Afghanistan as foreign minister amid strain in Kabul-Islamabad relations and Kabul's efforts to seek peace talks with Taliban.

During her one-day visit she also allayed Afghan government's concerns, saying Pakistan does not have any secret agenda in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan stands for Afghanistan's independence, Pakistan stands for Afghanistan's unity, and in this regard, any threat to Afghanistan's unity and integrity is a threat against Pakistan," she said.

She also expressed Islamabad's firm support to Afghan peace process and Afghan-led national reconciliation program.

"I have brought a strong message to Kabul and to the world that Pakistan would stand behind any initiatives for peace," she said."Pakistan supports any peace efforts that should be Afghan- led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-backed".

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