Gen Raheel's Kabul visit in focus as meeting with Ghani ends on positive note

Published November 6, 2014
COAS Gen Raheel Sharif (L) during his visit to Afghanistan met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (R) in Kabul.
COAS Gen Raheel Sharif (L) during his visit to Afghanistan met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (R) in Kabul.

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai during his first visit to the war-torn country, according to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweet.

Military spokesman General Asim Bajwa tweeted that the meeting between the two finished with a great deal of good will and positivity.

The COAS is also expected to meet with Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Defence Minister Gen Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and senior military leaders during his visit.

Sources within the defence ministry had told Dawn that during his meetings with Afghan civil and military leaders, General Sharif would discuss security issues concerning both the countries as well as the post drawdown of US-led international forces from Afghanistan.

The relationship between Kabul and Islamabad has remained tense during past years because of differences over fighting Taliban militancy.

Deep-rooted mistrust between the two countries has prevented progress in ties.

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