Top-level engagement agreed upon to boost Pak-Afghan cooperation

Posted In: News Date:Jun 11th, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday called for making bilateral ties framework with Afghanistan effective.

He was talking to Afghan deputy foreign minister Idrees Zaman, who was visiting Pakistan for the first review session of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), the bilateral ties’ framework agreed by the two countries last year.

Pakistan and Afghanistan had under APAPPS agreed to discuss political and diplomatic issues and matters pertaining to economy and trade, refugee repatriation, military and intelligence cooperation as the way forward towards better and stronger ties by overcoming their deep mistrust.

Put together with great enthusiasm, APAPPS could not progress too much over the past year and the engagements under the process came to a halt after few meetings because of sharp uptick in Taliban violence.