Ashraf Ghani, Pakistani Gen. Bajwa Discuss Peace Process: Presidential Palace

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday spoke over the telephone and discussed peace process.

General Bajwa hoped that peace negotiations with the Taliban will move forward after the formation of the Afghan government’s negotiation team, a palace statement said.

Afghan government announced a 21-member team for the formal negotiations with the Taliban to decide a roadmap for the future political set up.

The talks were earlier planned to start on March 10 but could not take place after the Afghan government refused to release 5000 Taliban prisoners before the start of the intra-Afghan dialogue as a precondition.

The presidential palace said joint fight against the coronavirus, trade and transit issued were also discussed during the telephonic conversation. Pakistani and Afghan leaders emphasised regional and international cooperation to fight the corona pandemic and also called for joint efforts by the two countries.

Both sides also agreed that Pakistan will take measures to facilitate Afghan traders send their trade items to Afghanistan.

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