A high Afghan delegation left Afghanistan on Thursday to meet with Pakistani officials to discuss peace talks.
The Afghan team arrived in Pakistan the same day and met with adviser to the Pakistani Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.
The delegation was led by Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, who was accompanied by Acting Afghan Defence Minister Masoom Stanekzai, Director General of Afghan National Directorate of Security Rahmatullah Nabil among others.
The one-day visit follows an angry speech by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in which he claimed Pakistan was involved in a spate of devastating Taliban attacks that struck the Afghan capital last week, killing dozens.
Pakistan has expressed hope the visit can help revive stalled peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban.
According to a statement of Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aziz reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of recent terror attacks in Kabul.
He said that Pakistan was committed to building a constructive and forward-looking relationship with Afghanistan, adding that they were ready to work with Afghanistan in overcoming all challenges.
Sartaj Aziz, said the two sides “should have trust and faith in each other and discourage spoilers and detractors who have been trying to create mistrust between the two brotherly countries”.
He added the Pakistanis plan to discuss with the Afghan delegation ways on how to revive the peace process.
“We will continue to help them in whatever way we can to bring peace,” he said.
Rabbani also reaffirmed Afghanistan’s desire to work closely with Pakistan to enhance mutual cooperation in all areas of common interest. He concurred with the imperative of common endeavours for countering terrorism and for enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
The two sides agreed to maintain close contact to promote bilateral cooperation, address all issues of common concern, and evolve a strategic consensus to respond to the security challenges of the region.
Earlier, President Ghani said that the government of Pakistan should have the same definition of terrorism in regard to Afghanistan as it has for its own.