Pakistan, Afghanistan vow to push Afghan reconciliation process
Afghanistan and Pakistan said Saturday they were committed to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation and peace, Xinhua reported.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani made the commitment at the first meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace in Afghanistan which was formed in Kabul in April during the visit of Gilani.
The Pakistani side assured full cooperation and support to the efforts of the Afghan High Peace Council and its Chairman Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani for promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, a joint statement said.
The two sides affirmed their resolve to work closely together for reconciliation and peace in comprehensive manner.
"Both sides emphasized the importance of continued close cooperation, consultation and coordination on peace in Afghanistan, particularly in realizing the goal of a peaceful and prosperous region free of a terror and militancy," the statement said.
The leaders mandated their senior officials to meet as soon as possible to work out joint measures required to meet the above objectives. Both sides agreed that the Afghan High Peace Council will act as the secretariat for the Joint Commission and they would maintain constant contact through their respective Ambassadors.
Both sides agreed to intensify intelligence and military cooperation and to hold separate military and intelligence meeting whenever required.
The Pakistani side strongly reiterated its principled support for Afghanistan's sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and unity, as well as for adherence by the international community and Afghanistan's neighbors to the principles of non-interference and non-intervention.