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Radio Pakistan

Published Date: Sep 3, 2013

Pakistan keen to work with Afghanistan: Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan
is keen to continue working with Afghanistan in pursuit of connectivity
and energy projects linking Pakistan with Central Asia.
 
The
Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs‚
Sartaj Aziz said this while addressing a seminar on ‘Afghanistan
Reconnected: Linking Energy Supplier to Consumers in Asia’ organised by
East West Institute in Islamabad today.
 
The
Advisor said discussions are also continuing on extending
Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) to Tajikistan by
finalizing the Tripartite Agreement under consideration of the three
sides. 
 
He
said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has clearly underlined the government’s
priority in terms of addressing our energy needs in the short and long
term. He said we are keen on working with Afghanistan as a conduit for
energy supply. 
 
Sartaj
Aziz said a peaceful‚ stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in
Pakistan’s vital national interest. We remain committed to supporting
efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan in an inclusive‚
Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process. 
 
He
said the Prime Minister has presented a vision of a peaceful and
prosperous neigbhourhood‚ with stable and cooperative relations with all
our neighbours including Afghanistan. 
 
He
said last week’s visit to Pakistan by President Karzai at the invitation
of the Prime Minister was part of this vision. The visit was helpful in
building trust‚ enhancing mutual understanding‚ reaffirming the
commitment to work together to promote peace and reconciliation‚ and
determining ways to strengthen bilateral relations. 
 
Sartaj
Aziz said Afghanistan has invited Pakistan for a joint investment in
the Kunar Hydro Power project whose design and feasibility have been
completed. The project will produce 1500 MW electricity to be shared by
the two countries. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan would pursue with
World Bank the early finalization of 170 KM Torkham-Jalalabad new rail
link connecting Peshawar with Jalalabad. The two countries are also
working on 11.5 KM Chaman-Spinbolduk rail link that ultimately connects
Chaman with Kandahar. 
 
He
said long term support of the international community for Afghanistan’s
reconstruction and development is crucial for reinforcing the efforts
for peace and reconciliation.