Afghanistan, Pakistan Agree to Reduce Regional Tension

Afghanistan, Kabul, 14 September / A.Hakimi corr. Trend / On 11 September, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed on several measures to improve bilateral cooperation remove misunderstandings and reduce regional tension, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, Trend correspondent reported from Kabul. Qureshi told journalists that during his telephone conversation with his counterpart Rangin Dadfar Spanta the two sides agreed to hold joint mini jirga or council of elders, in Islamabad bin early October.

"Exact dates for the jirga are still being fixed which would go along way in improving relations between the two countries," he said.

Accordng to the Trend regional correspondent, Qureshi said that Afghanistan had withdrawn its refusal to hold the proposed regional economic conference on Afghanistan in Pakistan and the conference would be held in the third or fourth week of November in 2008.

The two foreign ministers also agreed earlier to convene the Joint Economic Commission.

"Afghan Finance Minister will invite his Pakistani counterpart for a visit to Kabul where the two sides will exchange views on ways and means to boost trade and hold cooperation in different fields," he said.

"During telephone conversation it was also agreed that the frequency of political meetings will be increased to minimize chances of misunderstanding between the two countries," the foreign minister said.

"National security advisors of Pakistan and Afghanistan will visit each other's country to have in-depth consultations on security issues and how to achieve the aim of a stable and peaceful region," Qureshi said, Trend  News correspondent reported from Kabul.

Qureshi said that during his forthcoming visit to New York, he would have a detailed meeting with the Afghan Foreign Minister as a follow up of talks between the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

"We will also work out modalities for re-engagement," he added.

Qureshi said that a statement of the chief of the army staff on the issue of operations inside Pakistan was reiteration of the country's policy.

The correspondent can be contacted at [email protected]

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