Pak­istan sup­ports Mal­dives in strug­gle for true democ­racy: Nawaz

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Wed­nes­day said "he de­sires a "com­pre­hen­sive and en­dur­ing part­ner­ship" with Afghanistan that con­trib­utes to the se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity of the two na­tions. He was talk­ing to Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga of Afghanistan Ab­dul Raouf Ibrahimi who called on him here at the PM House.

While high­light­ing Pak­istan's vi­tal stake in peace, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment in Afghanistan, the prime min­is­ter said that Pak­istan at­taches great im­por­tance to its broth­erly ties with Afghanistan. The prime min­is­ter said that stronger ties be­tween the two coun­tries would help re­in­force ef­forts for peace and de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

Re­call­ing Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani's visit to Pak­istan in De­cem­ber last year, the Prime Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan's fo­cus was on en­hance­ment in mu­tual trust. He said it would pave the way for deeper en­gage­ment in di­verse ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing se­cu­rity and coun­tert­er­ror­ism, trade and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to the ben­e­fit of both the coun­tries. Prime Min­is­ter Sharif said that Pak­istan be­lieves that ter­ror­ism was a com­mon en­emy and both the coun­triesPak­istan and Afghanistan need to work to­gether to rid of this men­ace. Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif ex­pressed his hope that Pak­istan's en­gage­ment in sin­cere and con­sis­tent ef­forts for pro­mot­ing peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process would en­sure durable peace in Afghanistan. The Quadri­lat­eral Co­or­di­na­tion Group has been mak­ing good progress in right di­rec­tion, the prime min­is­ter noted with sat­is­fac­tion.

The prime min­is­ter said the de­ci­sion of talks be­tween Afghan govern­ment and Tal­iban was a pos­i­tive sig­nal for the peace process. He said that Afghanistan must have an en­vi­ron­ment to en­able re­turn of the Afghan mi­grants to their coun­try with re­spect, honor and dig­nity on the right time.

The prime min­is­ter also of­fered help to Afghanistan in its in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. Speaker Ab­dul Raouf Ibrahimi stated that Pak­istan was the only na­tion which sup­ported Afghanistan against ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sion in 1979.

"We ap­pre­ci­ate and ap­plaud the role of Pak­istani na­tion for host­ing Afghan mi­grants for 30 years de­spite dif­fi­cul­ties. They have hosted their Afghan brothers in an af­fec­tion­ate and car­ing man­ner'" he said. "Pak­istan is se­cond home for its Afghan brothers and we must re­main stead fast friends in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion," the speaker said. He said the Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif's stand was very clear and his pol­icy and vi­sion for the peace process was ap­pre­cia­ble.

The Speaker said the friends of Afghanistan were friends of Pak­istan and en­e­mies of Afghanistan were en­e­mies of Pak­istan.

The Afghan del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Am­bas­sador of Afghanistan to Pak­istan Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and Mem­bers of the Afghan Par­lia­ment. Speaker Na­tional Na­tional As­sem­bly Sar­dar Muham­mad Ayaz Sadiq and Mem­ber Na­tional As­sem­bly Aftab Ah­mad Khan Sher­pao were also present dur­ing the meet­ing.

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