Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have agreed to closely coordinate their positions on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, as NATO-led combat troops prepare to exit the country.
Visiting Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said Afghanistan, which was coming to a turning point, was a key issue during his discussions with Pakistani leaders, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad at the end of his two-day visit to Pakistan, Saud Al Faisal advised different Afghan factions to sink their differences and unite for promoting their national interest.
There was a need for joint efforts to eradicate the menace of terrorism, particularly at a time when international troops are drawing down from Afghanistan by the end, he said, stressing that terrorists must be prevented from regrouping.
Sharif told him Pakistan remained committed to facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. A peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s interest and that was why his government supported efforts at strengthening unity among Afghans, he said.
Also present at the media briefing, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj said: “In the face of many challenges that confront the region, it is a matter of satisfaction that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia stand together and share their views on regional peace and progress.”