Afghan, Pakistani leaders meet after air strike allegation

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KABUL: The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan promised to work together on regional security in a face-to-face meeting on Friday.

Afghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of strikes causing “huge financial damages” in a province bordering Pakistan.

Pakistan responded that its security forces were countering Afghan-based militant groups on its own side of the border.

Friday’s previously scheduled visit by Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul included “cordial and friendly” talks, Abbasi’s office said in a statement.

It said the leaders agreed on a common aim of regional security.

Ghani, in a statement, said he raised the issue of border violations with Abbasi and stressed that the situation was not helpful to either side.—REUTERS