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Afghanistan will never collude with India to harm Islamabad: Afghan diplomat

Afghanistan will never collude with India to harm Islamabad: Afghan diplomat
September 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal said that Kabul would never collude with New Delhi to harm Islamabad.

He said that peace in Pakistan was interrelated to a durable peace in Afghanistan and said that relations between both neighboring countries needed to be strengthened through dialogue.

He was speaking at the second round of Afghanistan-Pakistan Dialogue on “Bilateral Reconciliation: Opportunity and Challenges” jointly organized by the Regional Peace Institute and Royal Danish Defence College.

He said that Pakistan has already paid a high cost of war on terror due to Afghanistan’s instable situation, hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan should be diminished from Afghan land.

Zakhilwal said the environment concerning bilateral relations was changing rapidly.

He added that numerous issues existed between the two neighbouring countries however Islamabad’s exclusion would be against the interest of Kabul.

He said that culture, history, geography and economies of both countries are interdependent and, “We need to ensure the integrity and self-determination of each other.”

He said Pakistan should also view the ties between India and Afghanistan in a positive light. “We will ensure that alliance with India will be of no harm to Pakistan.”

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