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Kabul-Islamabad contacts to advance peace bid: MoFA

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ghani-and-nawaz-sharifThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said high-level talks between Afghan and Pakistani officials were crucial for advancing the peace process. MoFA spokesman Shekib Mostaghni told journalists in Kabul many countries, including Afghanistan’s neighbours, supported the government-initiated peace process with insurgents.

“Such interactions have been very positive.

It makes us hopeful that we can start practical steps toward achieving peace,” he said. The MoFA statement comes when a Pakistani delegation headed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Parwaiz Khatak is due in Kabul for talks with Afghan leaders on a range of political, economic and transit trade related issues.

Mustaghni said Pakistan’s commerce minister was also expected in Kabul today. About India’s interest in joining the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), he said Kabul would welcome if New Delhi also became part of the accord.

On the killing of five Pakistani nationals in Nangarhar province two weeks back, Mustaghni said they were businessmen who travelled to the insecure area without consulting security officials. The Pakistanis were kidnapped by insurgents and later killed, he added.