Afghanistan wants economic and trade linkages with Pakistan

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – September 30, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s high council for national reconciliation (HCNR) chairman Abdullah Abdullah said, Tuesday, that Pakistan is an important country for us and we want to have more strong collaboration with Pakistan to boost trade and economic links and explore more avenues for mutual collaboration.

According to an official statement, HCNR chairman Abdullah called on Senate chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani at the parliament house, in the federal capital.

Senate chairman Sanjrani said that intra-Afghan negotiation provided historic opportunity to achieve an inclusive, broad based and comprehensive political settlement.

He, however, cautioned to remain vigilant against spoilers, who will try to scuttle the ongoing peace process and added that it is in our mutual interest to thwart their nefarious designs. 

Senate chairman Sanjrani said that a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan and we strongly support the Afghan peace process and reiterated that Pakistan will continue to pursue its principled position of Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and that only Afghans can determine the future of their country.

He said that Pakistan seeks a strong and robust partnership with Afghan government through increased parliamentary cooperation, people to people contacts and economic cooperation for mutual benefit of both the countries. 

Senate chairman Sanjrani observed that Pakistan and Afghanistan share centuries old bond of brotherhood based on common faith and cultural similarities and underlined the need to work together to foster the bond of friendship through deeper economic and political engagements.

He called for increased parliamentary linkages while highlighting the significance of parliamentary diplomacy and mentioned that high level parliamentary interaction can be helpful in removing misperceptions and promote understanding on issues of mutual concern. 

Senate chairman Sanjrani observed that people to people contacts are fundamental element of our ties and we are taking steps to enhance mutual relations and broaden people to people contacts.

He apprised that Pakistan is undertaking measures to enhance education, health services and air connectivity with Afghanistan. 

Regarding economic relations, Senate chairman Sanjrani observed that Pakistan and Afghanistan have immense trade complementarities and added that closer economic relations provide stronger underpinnings for a durable and constructive relationship. 

HCNR chairman Abdullah thanked Senate chairman for his candid views. During the meeting, both the leaders discussed in detail the ways and means to enhance parliamentary interaction, Afghan peace process, people to people contacts, economic connectivity and the bilateral trade cooperation. 

Earlier upon arrival, Afghan dignitaries were welcomed by senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi at the parliament house.

Senate chairman Sanjrani also hosted a reception in honour of the visiting Afghan delation which was largely attended by ministers, parliamentarians and high ranked government functionaries.