PM Imran, Afghan president to alleviate poverty via joint efforts


Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday agreed to capitalise on the true economic potential of the two countries for assured socio-economic development, alleviation of poverty, and welfare of the two peoples.

The two leaders agreed to make efforts for availing the geographic locations of Afghanistan and Pakistan to enhance regional connectivity during a telephonic conversation on Sunday, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

The two leaders exchanged views on matters relating to peace, security and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region, it added.

Prime Minister Imran stated that the spirit of brotherhood defined Pakistan’s approach towards Afghanistan. The prolonged Afghan conflict had damaged Afghanistan and adversely affected Pakistan over the past many decades. For the sake of the two peoples, the aim of the leadership should be to help build peace, promote economic progress, and advance connectivity for regional prosperity, he maintained.

The premier reiterated his vision for finding a peaceful solution in Afghanistan, fully owned and led by the Afghans themselves. He underlined that Pakistan will spare no effort to advance the common objectives of building peace in Afghanistan and having a fruitful bilateral relationship between the two brotherly countries.

Prime Minister Imran once again extended an invitation to President Ghani to visit Pakistan for a comprehensive exchange of views on all issues of mutual interest.  Dates for the visit would be decided through mutual consultations, according to the statement.