Latest Breaking News: Afghan, Pakistan forces agree on more border talks > Military officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to hold more high-level talks to defuse a row over a series of attacks across their porous border, the Afghan defence ministry, reported on Sunday July 10, 2011.
Officials from both militaries and from the United States met Thursday in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar to discuss a spike in tensions on the lawless border that has allegedly killed dozens of villagers in recent weeks.
Afghan and Pakistani delegations agreed to do what they could “to stop and prevent repetition of the attacks, and to pave the ground for further strengthening of mutual, friendly relations” said ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi in a statement.
“There should be more coordination and high level talks between the authorities of the two countries to seek solutions for the present problems and future issues,” he said.
On Friday the Pakistan army said it had proposed a hotline to create one single point of contact with all Afghan security forces, including the border police.
Regular meetings between commanders from both sides would also take place to diffuse tensions, along with interaction between tribal elders.
The escalating border war has inflamed tensions at a key juncture as Afghans and Americans reach out to the Taliban for peace talks.