Afghan president calls on PM, discusss regional issues
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday and discussed matters related to the region.
During the meeting, the prime minister and the Afghan president discussed regional security and the ongoing peace process.
The Afghan president, who is in the country on a two-day official visit on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan was given a guard of honour on arrival at the Prime Minister’s House.
PM Khan warmly greeted the Afghan president upon his arrival. Ashraf Ghani also inspected the guard of honour.
Earlier today, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Pakistan on an official two-day visit.
The Afghan president visited on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan for strengthening ties between the two countries.
Upon arrival, Ghani was received by Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile and Industry Production Abdul Razak Dawood. Ghani along with his ministers, advisers and a business delegation was invited for the visit by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The honourable guest was given the 21-gun salute welcome.
The Afghan president is scheduled to travel to Lahore, where he will address the business community and pray at the Badshahi Mosque.
It is pertinent to mention here that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan back in 2014 to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference, held in Islamabad. The visit becomes doubly important after the first Afghan peace conference titled ‘Lahore Process’ held on June 22 in Bhurban Murree.
More than 50 delegates, including heads of all Afghan political parties and the political advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, attended the moot. Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, senators and members of Afghan parliament are also in attendance.
Earlier, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Faisal said that the Afghani president is arriving in Pakistan along with a high-level delegation including businessmen.
The FO spokesperson also said that Ashraf Ghani will meet with the high-level government dignitaries including President Dr Arif Alvi. “The visiting dignitary will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan”, he added.
On January 17, 2019, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had phoned Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed his satisfaction over Pakistan’s role for peace in Afghanistan.
They had also discussed the matter pertaining to border security. Both leaders discussed the recent efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
President Ghani had also expressed his gratitude for Pakistan’s sincere facilitation of these efforts, initiated by the US Special Representative for Peace and Reconciliation in Afghanistan Zamlay Khalilzad.
Prime Minister Imran Khan assured President Ghani that Pakistan was making sincere efforts for a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan through an inclusive peace process as part of shared responsibility.