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Afghan President to visit Pakistan today 14,Nov,2014.

14 November, 2014

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According to the FO spokesperson, Ghani is arriving here on Nawaz Sharif's invitation. He would be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including senior leaders, cabinet ministers, high-ranking officials, and business representatives. "The visit comes at a historic juncture in Afghanistan, marked by the recent peaceful transfer of power and formation of the government of national unity," Tasnim Aslam said. The Afghan dignitary would also hold a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain who attended the swearing-in ceremony of the Afghan President on September 29. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would hold in-depth consultations on all dimensions of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations — with a particular focus on bilateral political engagement, trade and economic cooperation, border security and counter-terrorism, energy and connectivity, reconstruction and rehabilitation and people-to-people contacts," the spokesperson said. "The visit of President Ghani would help advance this process of consolidation and further expansion of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, to the mutual benefit of the two countries and of peace, stability and development in the region," she added. "Pakistan has all along supported peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan— Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of a ‘peaceful neighbourhood' accords a place of prominence to a close, cooperative and expanding relationship with Afghanistan," she said. She said that Pakistan's major exports to Afghanistan included rice, petroleum products, animal and vegetable fats and oils, dairy products, construction material, plastic articles, fruits and vegetables, wooden products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electrical machines, while major imports from Afghanistan included vegetables, fruits, raw cotton, carpets and rugs and hides and skins. She said the current volume of bilateral trade is over $2 billion, but has the potential for tremendous growth. The country has also offered $20 million for training/capacity-building of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Educational and people-to-people contacts have been growing significantly and the Pakistan government is providing 3,000 fully-funded scholarships to Afghan students.

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