NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with Chairman of Qaumi Watan Party of Pakistan and Accompanying Delegation
On September 18, 2013, a visiting Pakistani delegation, led by Chairman of the Qaumi Watan Party and former Minister of Interior of Pakistan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Coalition of Afghanistan at his residence. The purpose of the delegations trip to Kabul was to participate in a regional cooperation conference and to hold bilateral talks with various Afghan officials.
The current state of affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as a wide range of issues of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting. Both sides held detailed discussions on the political and security situation in both countries, importance of further strengthening bilateral relations through trust and confidence building measures, regional issues, ongoing efforts to combat extremism and Afghanistan’s upcoming Presidential elections.
The Pakistani delegation alluded to Pakistan’s previous miscalculated policies in regards to Afghanistan, and mentioned that the newly elected Government of Pakistan was determined to seeing more cordial and friendly relations with all its neighbors, in particular Afghanistan.
Chairman of the National Coalition Dr. Abdullah Abdullah emphasized that peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the direct interest of both countries, and further stressed that the political leaderships in Afghanistan and Pakistan should exert greater efforts in addressing challenging issues that exist between both sides. He also added that it was vitally important that confidence and trust is strengthened between the countries.
In addition to Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, the Pakistani delegation included more than twelve former Ambassadors of Pakistan to Afghanistan, political, military and security officials as well as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Sadiq.
On the NCA’s side, in addition to Chairman Dr. Abdullah, Mr. Noor-ul-haq Olumi, Mr. Qurban Ali Erfani, Dr. Sayed Ali Kazemi, Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, Mr. Fazel Sancharaky, Mr. Amrullah Aman, and Mr. Sameh Panah, as members of the Leadership Council of the National Coalition, also attended the meeting.
Both sides express their interest in remaining in contact and discussing important issues of mutual interest in the way forward.
September 18, 2013 – Kabul, Afghanistan