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PublishDate: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 09:47

Afghanistan links us with Central Asia: Aziz

Sartaj Aziz said that Islamabad is committed to continue working with Kabul in pursuit of connectivity and energy projects linking Pakistan with Central Asia.

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has said that Islamabad is committed to continue working with Kabul in pursuit of connectivity and energy projects linking Pakistan with Central Asia. 

This was stated by the adviser while addressing a seminar on ‘Afghanistan Reconnected: Linking Energy Supplier to Consumers in Asia’ organised by East West Institute here on Tuesday. 

“As a neighbouring and brotherly country, Afghanistan is close to us. Strong bonds of a common history, religion and culture reinforce our relations,” he added. Aziz said discussions are also continuing on extending Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) to Tajikistan by finalising the Tripartite Agreement under consideration of the three sides. 

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has clearly underlined the government’s priority in terms of addressing our energy needs in the short and long-term. We are keen on working with Afghanistan as a conduit for energy supply,” he said. Afghanistan has been facing conflict and instability for more than three decades. As a neighbouring country, Pakistan has consistently faced the fallout of this situation, he added. 

It goes without saying that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s vital national interest. “We remain committed to supporting efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan in an inclusive, Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.” 

As a nation, there are not many choices in terms of neighbours. However, one can choose to have good-neighbourly relations to harness the synergies for mutual benefit. It is in this context, that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has presented a vision of a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood, with stable and cooperative relations with all our neighbours including Afghanistan. (The Nation)

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