Pak- Afghan ties gaining momentum: Sharif

KABUL (Pajhwok): Talking to Afghanistan ambassador to Pakistan, Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif said that relations between Islamabad and Kabul have been undergoing qualitative transformation since the new government took over last year. 
A statement from the prime minister house said that the meeting between the ambassador and the prime minister held in Islamabad on Monday. Mosazai thanked the government of Pakistan for providing generous support to Afghanistan in the form of relief supplies in the wake of the destruction caused by recent avalanches. 
Sharif reiterated that Pakistan stood with Afghanistan in this hour of need and that he was deeply troubled upon learning about the devastating avalanches in Afghanistan. 
Pakistan would be happy to provide any further assistance that the people of Afghanistan might be in need of to meet this challenging situation, he said.
He expressed satisfaction over the increased security cooperation between the two countries and said the visits of Pakistani army chief have proved quite helpful in streamlining important matters. 
The prime minister approved appointment of a focal person for following up implementation on the decisions taken during inter-ministerial meeting between the two countries, on a daily basis. A similar focal person would be appointed from the Afghan side as well. 
He was pleased to note that first meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Business Council would be taking place in the next few weeks to attract international investors to both the countries.  
Sharif said his country hoped the process of peace talks within Afghanistan would speed up and reach a successful conclusion soon. 
Mosazai on the occasion said that Afghanistan was highly appreciative of prime minister’s vision of peaceful coexistence with all neighbouring countries.
He informed the Prime Minister that there is a strong domestic consensus in Afghanistan on peace efforts these days. 
Matters relating to Afghan Transit Trade and CASA 1000 power transmission project also came under discussion during the meeting. 
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