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Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold talks in London today to reduce tensions

Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold talks in London today to reduce tensions
March 15, 2017

PESHAWAR, 15 March: The British government has arranged talks between the Pakistan and Afghan governments on Wednesday (today) to reduce tensions between the two neighbourly countries.

The talks will be held in London which will be attended by Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz from Pakistan side, while Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal and National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar will represent the Afghan side. The British National Security Adviser Mark Lyall Grant will also attend the meeting.

The Pakistan High Commission in London and Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal confirmed the planned meeting in London while talking to BBC.

The Afghan officials said the talks will focus on devising joint mechanism to curb violent activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, reduction of tensions between the two countries and opening of the Pak-Afghan border.

Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan on 16 February after Jamaatul Ahrar, a terror group operating from Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for a series of terror attacks in Pakistan. The border closure increased tension between the two countries.

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