Stable Afghanistan in Pak’s interest, says PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoyed historical and cultural ties, adding that multi-faceted cooperation would widen the scope of their ties.
He said this while talking to media men prior to his departure to Afghanistan on a two-day official visit on Saturday.

Federal Trade Minister Amin Fahim, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Railway Minister Ghulam Bilour also accompanied the PM on his visit.

During his stay in the Afghan capital, the Prime Minister will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, vice president and other members of the senior leadership.

Prime Minister Gilani said his visit to Kabul aimed at strengthening relations between the two neighbouring countries in various spheres.

He mentioned that Pakistan and Afghanistan’s bilateral trade continued well under the agreement which was also ratified by the Cabinet, and said Pakistan wanted to enhance trade relations with Afghanistan.

Gilani reiterated that a strong and stable Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan, and said the government would continue making efforts to provide support to Afghanistan in attaining stability.

The prime minister was seen off at PAF Base Chaklala by federal ministers.

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