Pakistan and Afghanistan agree on regional security goal

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THE leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan promised to work to­gether on regional security in a meeting last Friday (6), a day after Kabul accused the Paki­stani military of carrying out an air strike on its side of the border.

Afghanistan last Thursday (5) accused Pakistan of strikes causing “huge financial damages” in a province bordering Pakistan. Pakistan responded that its se­curity forces were countering Afghan-based militant groups on its own side of the border.

The row highlighted the mis­trust between the neighbours that centres on mutual accusa­tions that the other country does not adequately prevent cross-border militant attacks.
But last week’s visit by Paki­stan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Afghan pres­ident Ashraf Ghani in Kabul in­cluded “cordial and friendly” talks, Abbasi’s office said in a statement. It added that the leaders agreed on a common aim of regional security.
Ghani, in a statement, said he raised the issue of border vi­olations with Abbasi and stressed that the situation was not helpful to either side.

A day earlier, Afghanistan al­leged that Pakistan jets had dropped four bombs in the Af­ghan border province of Kunar and warned that such strikes could damage relations.
The strikes did not cause any deaths or injuries, said Faridul­lah Dehqan, spokesman for Kunar police.