Thursday, September 18, 2014

President Karzai and PM Gilani Urge Greater Cooperation for Regional Stability

President Hamid Karzai during his visit to Pakistan said none of the two neighbors can be stable without peace in the other.

President Karzai made the remarks at a joint press conference following talks with Pakistan PM, Yousuf Reza Gilani. The President said, “We in Afghanistan are fully aware and recognize that without Pakistan and without its cooperation with Afghanistan, Afghanistan cannot be stable or peaceful, it is also, I believe, recognized in Pakistan that without a stable and peaceful Afghanistan there cannot be stability or peace in Pakistan,” he said.

Prime Minister Gilani in reply to the need for enhanced cooperation between the two countries said Pakistan will extend all possible help for political stability in Afghanistan.

President Karzai further added that each time he visits Pakistan, the environment for partnership and relations with Pakistan grows friendlier and warmer. The President said he conveyed a message with him that the people of Afghanistan share the grief and sorrow that their Pakistani brothers and sisters have been going though especially in the past two years.

The President urged that increased bilateral cooperation was now more needed than ever before to relieve the suffering and pain.

President Karzai said Afghanistan was prepared to extend all possible help for a regional stability and said his country would not allow its soil to be used against any country and Pakistan. “Afghanistan does not want any proxy wars on its territory. It does not want a proxy war between India and Pakistan on Afghanistan. It does not want a proxy war between Iran and the United States on Afghanistan. It does not want any country… to engage in any activity against another country in Afghanistan,” he added.

In response to a question about India role in Afghanistan, President Karzai said India has an important role in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. It is a historic friend of Afghanistan, and Pakistan too is a brother and as a twin that can’t be separated.

Replying to another question, President Karzai said Afghanistan has nothing to do with drone attacks in Pakistan and called the issue a matter between Pakistan and United States.

Prime Minister Gilani said “In the pursuit of peace and development, for national reconciliation and reintegration, Pakistan places its full weight behind the agenda and the vision outlined by the Afghan people and their elected leadership.”

He said that bilateral trade volume with Afghanistan will be increased and vowed to boost relations with the neighboring country and pledged that we would continue to assist the people of Afghanistan in every manner possible.