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Gen. Sharif’s visit raises hopes of thaw in ties


Mohammadi sharif

Afghan officials say recent visit to Kabul by the Pakistan army chief has raised hopes of a thaw in relations between the two neighbouring countries.

They say in decisions taken during Gen. Raheel Sharif’s meetings with Afghan leaders, both the sides agreed to work more closely and practically in areas of security, economy and winning peace.During his day-long visit, Gen. Sharif met separately with President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Defence Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, his Afghan counterpart Gen. Mohammad Karimi and National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar.In these meetings, both the sides discussed how to enhance relations and cooperation on political, economic and security fronts.Deputy presidential spokesman Faiq Wahidi said President Ahmadzai and the Pakistani army chief during their meeting had decided to practically work for enhancing cooperation in various fields.Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the Pakistani army chief’s visit had raised hopes of a thaw in relations and the visit had been different from past such visits.He said real and practical cooperation in diverse felids was stressed during Raheel’s talks with Afghan Defence Ministry officials.He said the Pakistani delegation also renewed the offer to train Afghan security forces in Pakistani facilities.