LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday while reiterating Pakistan’s strong solidarity with the people of Afghanistan urged the international community to do more to help the Afghan leadership realize its vision.
In his address at the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan were committed to advance their common goal of a peaceful stable united and prosperous Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister is on a three day visit to the United Kingdom to participate in the conference also attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Conference is being co hosted by the Governments of UK and Afghanistan.
He said over the past 13 years Afghanistan has made significant gains in many important areas and mentioned the landmark agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to form a government of national unity as an important milestone in this democratic transition.
“We fully support the government s forward looking vision and reform programme including measures to strengthen the economy governance and the rule of law with the overall aim of achieving self reliance during the Transformation Decade and its plans for
Prime Minister Sharif also welcomed the government’s call for dialogue and its determination to resolve differences through political means.
Sharif said he shared with President Ghani his vision of a comprehensive and enduring partnership between Pakistan and Afghanistan which contributes to the security and prosperity of the two nations and reinforces efforts for peace and development in the
We agreed that terrorism is a common enemy that must be fought through common endeavours without any distinction. We reaffirmed the commitment that neither side would allow its territory to be used against the other.
He also stressed the need to support projects for regional connectivity such as the Peshawar Kabul Motorway and the rail link. This he said would help in implementation of the vision of Afghanistan as a land bridge by supporting communications and
The Prime Minister also called for reinforcing economic CBMs of the Heart of Asia as part of the regional processes for the stabilization of Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister said history and geography have consistently posed challenges for the people of Afghanistan and mentioned the recent casualties suffered by Afghans from the terrorist attacks in Paktika and Kabul.