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Pak-Afghan leaders reiterate need for achieving regional security

In his first visit to Kabul, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi agreed on achieving the common aim of regional security through connectivity during a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
He also extended an invitation to president Ghani to visit Pakistan “at his earliest convenience.”
After the meeting with President Ghani, PM Abbasi and his entourage arrived at the office of Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah for consultations.Earlier in the day, PM Abbasi reached the Afghan capital accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and National Security Adviser Nasir Khan Janjua. The Afghan President received the premier at the Afghan Presidential Palace where he was also presented a guard of honour.
The premier is scheduled to hold meetings on issues pertaining to counter-terror cooperation, the regional situation, repatriation of Afghan refugees and combating drug production. The two countries are key parties to a trans-regional gas pipeline aiming to connect Central Asia with South Asia among other regional trade and power projects.