Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah likely to visit Pakistan

11:25 PM | 5 Jul, 2020
Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah likely to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is likely to visit Pakistan, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, to discuss with country's leadership the bilateral and regional ties as well as Afghan peace process.

Prime Minister's Special Representative on Afghanistan Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq announced that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had invited Dr Abdullah Abdullah who would visit Pakistan at the mutually convenient dates.

"Pakistan-Afghanistan relations are moving forward. Foreign Minister S. M. Qureshi has invited the Chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, to pay an official visit to Pakistan. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will visit at mutually convenient dates," the ambassador said on his Twitter handle.

Dr Abdullah Abdullah also referred on Twitter to his meeting with Pakistan's Ambassador to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan on Sunday wherein they discussed the peace process and regional engagements toward a comprehensive settlement.

"I thanked him for the official invitation extended to visit Pakistan at an opportune time," the Afghan leader said.

The development took place ahead of the imminent intra-Afghan dialogue and almost a week after the visit of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to Pakistan.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, accompanied by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director-General Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed and Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq had also visited Afghanistan last month when he had met both Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.

The army chief had expressed Pakistan's support for the earliest possible start of intra-Afghan talks.

"I told him that we are ready to engage with the Taliban on our common issues and to end the conflict and live together in peace. I reiterated Pakistan's constructive role in this regard," Abdullah Abdullah remarked following the meeting with army chief.