Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that as part of his government’s vision for a ‘peaceful and prosperous’ neighborhood, Pakistan was ready to help Afghanistan in its quest for peace and development.
Pakistan believes that a peaceful, prosperous and progressive Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan and the region, the prime minister said while talking to an Afghan delegation led by Minister of Finance Eklil Ahmad Hakimi at the PM House on Monday.
The Afghan minister along with a ministerial delegation is currently visiting Pakistan for the 10th session of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission.
While welcoming the delegation, the prime minister said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Afghanistan. He expressed satisfaction over the positive momentum in the bilateral relations under the leadership of President Ashraf Ghani and stressed that a new understanding of brotherly relations between the two countries must be sustained and further strengthened. In this regard, the prime minister stressed the need to boost bilateral trade and economic relations.
The prime minister stated huge scope existed to boost bilateral trade. In this regard, both sides should work strenuously to meet the trade volume target of $5 billion USD till 2018, he added.
The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the resumption of work by Pakistan on incomplete projects in Afghanistan’s health, education and other sectors and said that Pakistan would extend all possible support to Afghanistan to accomplish all tasks in infrastructure development and energy sector to consolidate a long-term bilateral and regional partnership.
The Afghan minister thanked the prime minister for his special interest in peace and development of Afghanistan. He said Ghani shares the prime minister’s vision of economic development of the region through regional connectivity. He lauded Pakistan’s efforts to improve regional connectivity through rail and road links. Afghanistan, in this regard, can be the transit hub between Pakistan and the Central Asian States, he added.
Referring to CASA-1000 and other connectivity projects, Hakimi stated that early realization of these projects will provide a win-win situation for all the countries of the region.