London to Host Joint Session on Afghan-Pak Tension

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2017 7:06 pm)

london-bA high-level Afghanistan-Pakistan joint session over tensions between the two neighbors will be hosted by the British government in London.

Afghan National Security Adviser (NSA), Hanif Atmar will meet Pakistani adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to discuss the matter of alleged terrorist sanctuaries. Senior British diplomat, Mark Lyall Grant will represent the UK.

The meeting will be the highest level face-to-face discussion between representatives of the neighboring states after Islamabad closed down border crossings with Afghanistan and shelled alleged terrorist sanctuaries on the Afghan side along the border, last month.

“Currently, the Afghan, Pakistan and UK governments are seeking to solve the dispute between to two side through a dialogue,” said Tawab Ghorzang, spokesman of the NSC.

The international relations analysts also warned that if the tensions not end between the two sides, the extremist groups will find more opportunities for their goals and targets.

“Tensions between the two countries give the opportunity to the insurgent groups to make their attacks more and use this issue for their interests,” said Qasem Orphani, Afghan teacher.

In his message on social media website, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal said that he will join the Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar at the high level Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting to be hosted by the British Government in London today.

The Afghan ambassador said that the meeting will focus on a mechanism for genuine Pak-Afghan cooperation on fighting terrorism, the current tense bilateral relations and the closures of crossing routes between the two countries.

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