Islamabad, 18 November (IANS). Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Afghanistan on a day tour on Thursday. He is going to Kabul at the invitation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The Foreign Office of Pakistan gave this information on Wednesday.
This is Imran Khan’s first visit to Afghanistan after becoming Prime Minister in 2018. The visit is taking place at a time when the pace of peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government is slow. Even after several rounds of negotiations, no solution has been reached.
Imran Khan will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Prime Minister’s Commerce Advisor Razak Dawood and other senior officials.
The statement said the Prime Minister’s program included bilateral talks and delegation-level talks with President Ashraf Ghani. The focus of the visit is to further deepen bilateral relations and the Afghan peace process between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Apart from this, increasing regional economic development and connectivity is also a motive.
The Prime Minister’s visit is part of the regular high-level exchanges between the two countries.
Pakistan’s State Department said that Commerce Advisor Dawood has already made a three-day tour of Afghanistan as part of this process.
In addition to meeting several dignitaries in the Afghan government, Dawood also met President Ghani. The two leaders discussed a number of issues related to trade and economic integration.