Afghan president's Pakistan visit postponed

Other News Materials 19 February 2009 11:05 (UTC +04:00)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to Islamabad scheduled for Thursday was postponed because of bad weather in Kabul, Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry said, dpa reported.

"A new date for the visit will be announced soon," ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.

Karzai had been scheduled to hold talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during his visit.

The discussions were expected to focus on border security and a joint stand on upcoming consultations in Washington on framing a new US strategy to fight Taliban militants.

Zardari travelled to Kabul early last month to meet Karzai, who told reporters that Pakistan and Afghanistan had entered into a "new relationship" that would help combat terrorism and extremism more forcefully.

Relations between the two countries were strained under Zardari's predecessor Pervez Musharraf because of Karzai's accusations that Pakistan was supporting insurgents in Afghanistan. Zardari, however, has maintained good relations between Islamabad and Kabul.