KABUL: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrived here on Saturday to hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to strengthen bilateral relations with a focus on enhancing security cooperation and further diversifying the states’ growing economic ties.
Prime Minister Gilani was greeted by Afghan Education Minister Farooq Wardak at the Kabul international Airport.Later at a ceremony, Afghan President Hamid Karzai formally received Prime Minister Gilani.
He was accompanied by Minister for Commerce Amin Fahim, Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and Minister for Interior Rehman MalikBesides, holding delegation level talks, Prime Minister Gilani will meet with leading Afghan politicians and businessmen.
Earlier, speaking to reporters prior to his departure for Kabul, Prime Minister Gilani said his visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two neighbouring countries in various spheres.He said Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoyed historical and cultural ties, adding that multi-faceted cooperation would widen the scope of these relations.
He mentioned that Pakistan and Afghanistan’s bilateral trade continued well under the agreement which was also ratified by the Cabinet, and said Pakistan wanted to enhance trade relations with Afghanistan.