KABUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to work together to stamp out terrorism to ensure peace and stability in the region.
This was stated by Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif Afghan and President Ashraf Ghani at a joint news conference in Kabul this afternoon.
PM Nawaz expressed the confidence that Pakistan and Afghanistan will succeed in rooting out terrorism through their firm determination and by adopting a comprehensive and coordinated strategy.
Sharif said Pakistan has the highest stake in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He said we stand in strong solidarity with Afghanistan. PM assured Afghanistan that its enemies cannot be friends of Pakistan.
PM Nawaz said both sides agreed to continue their relations by following the principle of non-interference and not allowing their respective territories to be used against each other.
The premier reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process and assured the Afghan President of making all possible efforts in this regard.
The prime minister said Pakistan strongly condemns increase in violence and Operation Azm offensive by Afghan Taliban.
Sharif said in case of terrorist activity, both Pakistan and Afghanistan retain the right of counter actions in conjunction.
Sharif added coordinated operations would be planned and conducted on mutually agreed basis to target militant hideouts along the border.
Nawaz Sharif said during talks the two sides discussed ways of realizing the full potential of their well endowed reservoir of human and material resources. These include expanding trade, increasing investments, improving infrastructure, building road and rail links and enhancing energy collaboration.
The prime minister underlined Pakistan’s resolve to further deepen defence and security partnership with Afghanistan.
Sharif further added he assured the Afghan President of Pakistan’s continued engagement with regional and international processes in support of Afghanistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Pakistan and Afghanistan are facing similar threats and will have to fight them out jointly.
Ghani said enemy of Pakistan is enemy of Afghanistan.