ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday and congratulated the newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during a meeting.
The army chief expressed the hope that election of a new government in Afghanistan will prove to be a historic opportunity to transform Pak-Afghan
relations into a warm and mutually beneficial relationship.
The COAS held separate meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, CEO Abdullah Abdullah, NSA Hanif Atmar, Afghan Defence Minister General Bismillah Muhammadi and Afghan Chief of General Staff, General Sher Muhammad Karimi.
He reiterated that peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s best interest and the only way to ensure regional security was to treat terrorism as our common enemy.
Later during his meetings with Afghan Defence Minister and Chief of General Staff and Afghan military officials briefed the Pakistani delegation on the latest security situation in Afghanistan.
During the meeting, the transfer of security responsibility to Afghan National Security Forces in the wake of US, ISAF drawdown and enhanced bilateralism between Pakistan-Afghanistan with particular emphasis on Pak-Afghan border coordination mechanism, intelligence sharing and transparency were deliberated upon.
Matters to enhance bilateral military to military relations were discussed during the meeting. General Raheel Sharif offered full range of training courses and
facilities in Pakistan’s training institutions to Afghan security forces.
COAS also offered capacity enhancement of an Infantry Brigade including provision of equipment.