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President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani visits Pakistan

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.

Abdul Razak Dawood Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile and Industry Production received Ashraf Ghani on his arrival.

Pakistan hosted dozens of Afghanistan representatives to discuss ways to end 18-year-long war with its bordering country.

Prime Minister Imran Khan invited Ghani along with his ministers, advisers and a business delegation.

He will also travel to Lahore during the visit, which is his third trip to Pakistan since 2014, as efforts have strengthened to influence political settlement and end years of war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said, the delegation-level talks between the two sides would focus on solidifying bilateral cooperation in diverse areas including political, trade, economic, security, peace and reconciliation, education and people-to-people exchanges.

President Ghani earlier this year had alleged Pakistan of interfering in internal politics of Afghanistan. He said the keys to the war were in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, where its government and military were based, and Quetta, the alleged refuge of a key group of Taliban leaders. Pakistani officials deny supporting the Taliban and say Islamabad helps a political settlement to maintain solidity in Afghanistan, but Afghan officials stay alert.