Pakistani premier to visit Kabul on April 6

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Pakistan's premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi leaves after meeting with politicians in Parliament house in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 31, 2017. Photo by AP

The Pakistani prime minister would visit Kabul in early April amid fresh efforts to mend fences and end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, a diplomatic source said on Sunday

At talks with National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Khan Janjua, President Ghani invited Premier Shahid Khaqan to visit Kabul and sought Pakistan’s cooperation on bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

In response to the invite, Abbasi would fly to Kabul  on April 6 for a daylong visit – his first trip to the war-torn country since taking over as prime minister.

Meanwhile representatives of the US, Russia, India, China, Iran, Central Asian and Gulf nations, as well as the United Nations, came together today in Tashkent to explore ways of stabilizing Afghanistan.

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar will represent India at the March 26-27 gathering, convened by the Uzbekistan president. The issue of cross-border terrorism will figure prominently at the meeting.

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