Uneasy neighbours: Sartaj Aziz mounts charm offensive to reset Kabul ties

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KABUL : In a bid to improve its roller-coaster relations with Afghanistan, Pakistan on Sunday sought to clear President Hamid Karzai’s doubts over its efforts to revive a nascent peace process with the Taliban.
The visit came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has not and would not support any insurgent or political group in Afghanistan. He also reiterated that his country would do all it could to restore peace in its strife-torn western neighbour.
On Sunday, the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security, Sartaj Aziz, said that Islamabad wanted a reset on diplomacy with Kabul after a sharp deterioration triggered by botched efforts to aid US efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha.
“A peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan is in the vital interest of Pakistan,” Aziz said after meeting Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul. “Without peace and security in Afghanistan, peace and security in Pakistan cannot be ensured.”

2013-07-22

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