NSA’s Visit: Pak-Afghan To Form A New Coordination Mechanism For Enhancing Facilitation At Border Crossing Points

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National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf has concluded his two-day visit to Kabul. Dr. Yusuf, who heads the Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell, met acting Deputy Prime Minister Abdus Salam Hanafi and acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi to discuss humanitarian requirements and Pakistan’s proposals for strengthening the economic engagement to help Afghanistan tackle its financial challenges.
An official announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office said that the visit resulted in “substantive outcomes” in terms of forwarding movement on trade facilitation and social sector support.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to form a high-level committee to address border issues.
“Both sides agreed to establish a national-level coordination mechanism for enhancing facilitation at border crossing points and to expedite ongoing negotiations to conclude a new trade agreement,” Pakistan’s ambassador in Kabul, Mansoor Khan, Tweeted.
The statement issued by PID mentioned that the objective of the visit was to discuss with Afghan leadership the humanitarian requirements of the country and Pakistan’s proposals for deepening economic engagement to overcome the current challenges Afghanistan is facing. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq and senior officials from relevant ministries were part of the delegation that accompanied the NSA.
During the visit, both sides also reiterated their commitment to the early completion of the three major connectivity projects, CASA- 1000, TAPI, and Trans-Afghan Rail project. Both countries emphasized their commitment to ensuring peace and stability.
During the visit, Pakistan offered Afghanistan capacity-building and training support in multiple sectors including health, education, banking, customs, railways, and aviation.
“Afghanistan and Pakistan emphasized their commitment to ensuring peace and stability in both countries. Dr. Yusuf thanked the interim Afghan government for their warm hospitality,” the statement concluded.
The NSA and the Pakistani delegation also visited Jinnah Hospital in Kabul which was built by Pakistan. “The delegation saw its facilities and current operations. The Jinnah Hospital director apprised [them] about challenges [being faced] due to the financial situation,” Ambassador Khan said.
A positive relationship could go a long way in fostering stability and development, and these engagements indicate that as far as the two sides are concerned, things are moving in the right direction!

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