KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar held a meeting with at least 40 high-ranking Pakistani delegation on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.
While the Pakistani delegation was led by Sohail Mahmood Deputy Foreign Minister of the country, Afghan Deputy Minister Mirwaair Nab lead the Kabul team, as both parties tackled not only bilateral cooperation but also multilateral mechanism.
Atmar urged the need for maintaining the Durand Line open, including construction of ‘arbitrary’ facilities and crossings between the nations.
The Afghan team also included views on regional connectivity, trade and transport development, extension of the Hairatan-Kabul-Peshawar and Hairatan-Herat-Kandahar-Quetta railway lines.
“The Pakistan side reiterated that the peace and reconciliation process offered a unique opportunity to address the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honor,” Pakistani Foreign Office stated. “A time-bound, well-resourced roadmap was important in this regard.”
The meeting is reported to assess the commitments of the previous meeting of the Action Plan, which was held in Pakistan last year, focusing on five separate areas of politics and diplomacy, defense, security, economy and refugees.
The previous review session was held in June 2019.