ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister for Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani met Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Talking to him, the prime minister highlighted the close fraternal ties between the two Countries, and reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support to peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The prime minister said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have untapped economic synergies and complementarities, which could be best realized through cooperation in the economic and trade sphere.
Afghan Minister for Industry and Commerce Calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan
Mr. Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, Minister for Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. pic.twitter.com/SNECUPGYuW
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) December 30, 2020
Imran Khan also mentioned the Trans-Afghan railway line project, “Mazar-e-Sharif – Kabul – Peshawar,” and highlighted Pakistan’s support to Uzbekistan’s efforts to secure financing for the project.
In this regard, he mentioned that he had signed the Joint Appeal Letter addressed to the Heads of various International Financial Institutions (IFIs) by Heads of State/Government of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Reiterating his conviction that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, the prime minister emphasized the need for a negotiated political settlement.
The prime minister also stressed the need for all sides to take measures for the reduction of violence leading to a ceasefire. He added that peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region by enhancing regional connectivity and providing new opportunities for economic cooperation.
The Afghan Industry and Commerce Minister conveyed the greetings of President Ashraf Ghani and highlighted the progress made on matters related to transit and bilateral trade.
The Afghan minister appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in facilitating the Afghan peace process and affirmed Afghanistan’s desire for enhanced trade and economic ties between the two Countries.
The Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood also attended the meeting.
The Afghan delegation led by Nisar Ahmed Ghoryani is on a five-day visit to Pakistan from December 27-31, 2020 for the 8th Meeting of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA).