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Afghanistan & Pakistan agree to key principles

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Afghanistan & Pakistan agree to key principles
 President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who paid a day-long visit to Kabul on Friday, agreed to seven key principles to finalize Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).
The key principles agreed by leaders of the two countries are as follows:
1.      Pakistan to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation,
2.      The two countries to undertake effective action against fugitives and irreconcilable elements posing security threats to either of the two countries,
3.      Both countries are committed to deny use of their respective territories by any country, network, group or individuals for anti-state activities against either country, 
4.      To put in place a joint supervision, coordination and confirmation mechanism through Liaison Officers (LOs) for the realization of the agreed actions.
5.      The two countries are  committed to avoid territorial and aerial violations of each other’s territory,
6.      The two countries to avoid public blame games and instead use APAPPS cooperation mechanisms to respond to mutual issues of contention and concerns, and 
7.      Establish Working Groups and necessary cooperation mechanisms as per APAPPS for full implementation of the APAPPS and the above, mutually reinforcing principles.
According to acting spokesperson to presidential office Shah Hussain Murtazavi, Afghanistan welcomes all options that can help build trust and increase monitoring counter terrorism effort.
One of the key principles of talks between the two sides was the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). In the meeting between delegates of the two countries, it was decided that foreign affairs ministers and national security advisors of both countries should finalize the document.
Afghanistan and Pakistan deputy ministers of foreign affairs have held talks for further building trust on APAPPS for a couple of times so far.
According to a senior government official of Afghanistan, to sign the action plan, Afghanistan has asked that a third country should monitor implementing process of the plan and Pakistan was authorized to choose the third country.
Construction of Quetta – Kandahar – Herat and Peshawar-Jalalabad railroad projects as well as construction of Peshawar-Jalalabad highway were other issues discussed between delegates of the two countries.
Pakistan Prime Minister’s visit to Kabul came at a time when Pakistan aircrafts targeted areas in Kunar province. In the meeting, President Ghani asserted that cross-border violations are not in the benefit of two countries and should be addressed through negotiations.
During the Pakistan Prime Minister’s visit to Kabul, it was reported that Pakistan aircrafts by crossing Durand Line bombed an area in eastern Kunar province; therefore, the country’s Charge d’ Affairs was summoned at Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs.
Afghanistan presidential office in a statement said that both leaders also discussed related to preparing a timeline for return of Afghan refugees to the country as well preparing a mechanism for exchanging prisoners of the two countries.
In meeting with Afghan officials, Pakistan Prime Minister assured of cooperation in Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process and invited President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for an official visit to Islamabad.