Pakistan, Afghanistan agrees to reduce tension


LONDON: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday agreed to reduce tension and remove mistrust in high level talks in London, Afghan envoy Omar Zakhilwal says.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, and British National Security Adviser Mark Lyall Grant attended from Pakistan and Britain respectively. From Afghanistan, Omar Zakhilwal and Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar attended the high-level Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting hosted by the British government in London.
The High Level Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting was aimed to discuss and agree on a mechanism for genuine bilateral cooperation on fighting terrorism, agree on steps and measures to improve the current tense bilateral relations and mutual trust has been concluded very positively.
Omar Zakhilwal said that discussions were substantive, constructive, forward-looking and resultful. The success of this important meeting certainly will be judged by the common people of our two respective countries as to how this, in practical terms, responds to their aspiration for good neighbourly relations, peace and their well being. We are positive that the implementation of the mechanism we agreed upon can inject the needed trust and confidence for constructive forward looking state to state relations and cooperation.


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