KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday announced that President Karzai will soon visit Pakistan and meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The visit is an effort to reduce the growing tension between the two countries. MoFA said that the trip will open a new chapter of improved bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It is expected that President Karzai will visit Pakistan and discuss various issues with the Pakistani officials. During the visit Karzai will urge Pakistan to honestly work toward reinitiating the stalled peace process.
"President Karzai will visit Islamabad on an official invitation in the near future. He will hold wide-ranging discussions with Pakistani leadership on a number of key issues and seek Pakistan's cooperation in the peace negotiation process," said Janan Mosazai, spokesman of the Afghan MoFA.
Meanwhile, the MoFA made it clear that the BSA would be signed only if the conditions put front by the Afghan government are accepted and the US guarantees longstanding security and economic support to Afghanistan.
Stance of the Afghan government on the BSA is clear; the security pact should be signed with US keeping in mind the national interests of Afghanistan. The basic issue with the BSA is its content, and not the time limit given to sign it.
The Afghan MoFA urged the leaders of the militant groups living in Pakistan to join the peace process. The MoFA said that if the Pakistani government pressurizes these groups, they will definitely come forward and initiate peace talks. (Tolo News)