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Joint Statement by President Hamid Karzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

 

The Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Yusuf Raza Gilani visited Afghanistan on December 4-5, 2010 at the invitation of President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Hamid Karzai. The President and Prime Minister held in-depth consultations to strengthen the partnership through enhanced bilateral cooperation in various fields.

During the visit, the Prime Minister of Pakistan called H.E. Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim and H.E. Mohammad Karim Khalili, Vice Presidents of Afghanistan, H.E. Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, Chairman of High Council of Peace Jirga, H.E. Mohammad Younos Qanooni, Speaker of the Wolesi Jriga, on range of bilateral, regional, and international issues of mutual interests. He had a constructive meeting with the authorities of Afghan chamber of commerce and business circles to promote the trade relations between the two countries.

The President and Prime Minister:

Reaffirming the existing historical, cultural and religions ties between the two brotherly countries and its peoples;

Stressing on importance of cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan to tackle their common challenges of Terrorism, Poverty, Narcotics production, trafficking and consumption, and Organized Crime;

Emphasizing that strong ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital for the regional and international security and stability;

Recalling the historic Joint Declaration on Directions of Bilateral Cooperation (January 2009), the Joint Declaration on Next Steps in Pakistan-Afghanistan Comprehensive Cooperation (March 2010) and the Joint Statement on Strengthening the Partnership (September 2010);

Recalling also the visit by President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan in March and September 2010 respectively and reaffirming joint commitment to implement the decisions taken during these historic visits;

Welcoming the signing of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) in October 2010;

Endorsing Afghanistan's national plans for peace and reconciliation;

Welcoming the launch of the Kabul Process and supporting the outcomes of the Kabul International Conference on July 20, 2010 as a milestone in this process;

Underlining the importance of the Peace Jirga and establishment of the High Peace Council for the implementation of Reconciliation and Reintegration programmes;

Agreed as following:

Terrorism and violent extremism and their international support networks are a major threat undermining peace and stability in the region and beyond, and reiterated their commitment to effectively combating and defeating these threats;

Strengthen interaction among the security and counter-terrorism institutions of the two countries for promoting effective cooperation.

Accelerate the implementation of the RECCA IV deliverables in the different areas of regional economic cooperation, particularly those important projects on energy cooperation such as the CASA-1000 and TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas Pipeline.

Develop a joint approach to further strengthen economic, educational, transit-trade and investment cooperation between the two countries including through the existing bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral and regional cooperation frameworks.

Prioritize economic cooperation and integration through, among other means, full and seamless implementation of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement.

Agree to undertake establishment of trans-border economic zones through joint projects for economic development.

Focus on infrastructure development particularly rail and road connectivity between the two countries particularly the following projects:

•  Peshawar-Jalalabad rail link;

•  Quetta-Kandahar rail link;

•  Build modern facilities at Landi-Kotal-Torkham and Chaman-Spinboldak.

Develop a joint approach to effectively utilize the 2,000 scholarships for Afghan students in Pakistani universities by 2012.

Explore the continuation of cooperation in promoting vocational training centers in Afghanistan in different fields.

Support establishment of agricultural research institutions in Afghanistan under bilateral cooperation or through donor support.

Enhance continued support for provision of medical treatment facilities for Afghans at Pakistani health centers.

 

December 5, 2010


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