Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday (June 11) as he is visiting Islamabad along with an inter-agency delegation to participate in the first quarterly review session of the Afghanistan- Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).
In the first review session the Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further deepen close brotherly relations with Afghanistan based on mutual trust to the benefit of the two peoples. The Pakistan side reiterated its commitment to a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace within and at peace with its neighbours. Pakistan also emphasized that durable peace and stability could be achieved only through an inclusive, Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.
It was agreed that APAPPS was the best forum to overcome common challenges and to take bilateral relations to the next level. The need to optimally utilize this mechanism was, therefore, emphasized. Closer cooperation through other established institutional mechanisms, including APTTCA and JEC, was also underlined in order to realize the rich potential of the two countries to advance the objectives of economic development and long-term prosperity.
To maintain a steady momentum under this structured engagement, it was agreed that the APAPPS Working Groups will hold meetings over the next few months. It was further decided that the next Review meeting will be held in Kabul in December 2019.
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