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PublishDate: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:12

Afghan defence minister arrives on five-day trip

The Afghan minister will discuss a range of issues, including security and defence cooperation between the two neighbours.

Afghan Defence Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi arrived in Islamabad on Sunday, commencing a five-day official trip.

Leading a six-member delegation, Mohammadi will begin talks with Pakistan’s civil and military authorities on Monday, including Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, officials told The Express Tribune. The Afghan minister will discuss a range of issues, including security and defence cooperation between the two neighbours.

“The two sides will talk about the roadmap Afghanistan has given Pakistan about the post-Nato set-up in Afghanistan,” an Afghan official told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity.

Matters relating to the proposed Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries could also come under discussion,” he said. Cross-border attacks will also be one of the topics on the agenda as they have worsened tensions over the past few months and Kabul raised the matter in the UN Security Council in September.

Pakistan has already handed over a draft of the Strategic Partnership Agreement to the Afghan government and the Karzai administration is in the process of coming up with a response, the Afghan official said.

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