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Published Date: Sep 5, 2013

Peace in Afghanistan means peace in region, says Sartaj

Sartaj Aziz,
Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security,
stressing that ‘peace in Afghanistan means peace in the region’ has
reassured Pakistan’s continued support in reconstruction of Afghanistan,
particularly post 2014, when international development support is
likely to be reduced.

Sartaj Aziz was speaking at the
concluding session of 2-day ‘Abu Dhabi Process’ meeting on "Afghanistan
reconnected: linking energy suppliers to consumers in Asia" organised by
East-West Institute, Brussels, in collaboration with the government of
Pakistan and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute here
Wednesday.

The ‘Abu Dhabi Process,’ supported by
Governments of United Arab Emirates and Germany, promotes regional
dialogue on post-2014 economic transition in Afghanistan and highlights
Afghanistan’s role as transit and trade hub, connecting economies and
resources of Central and South Asia. The first consultation was held in
Istanbul in April, 2013 on regional infrastructure.

Mr
Aziz said that Afghanistan was a vital connector for regional energy,
communication and transmission corridor. Referring to recent agreements
on Peshawar-Kabul Road and Chamman-Qandhar railway line, he said that
these links would not only improve trade relations within two countries
but would also help connect Central Asia with the South Asia. He said
that signing of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement is a step
in the right direction and would be implemented in letter and spirit.

He
said that Pakistan is helping Afghanistan in design and development of
Kunar Dam with a capacity to generate 1500 MW of electricity.

Earlier,
in his inaugural remarks on the first day of the conference, Shahid
Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources,
urged Pakistan, Afghanistan and neighbouring countries to engage in
intensive partnerships to meet their growing energy demands and also to
harness massive economic opportunities provided by energy trade.