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Afghan president Ashraf Ghani visits Pakistan to reset troubled ties

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Nov 14th, 2014
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It is Mr Ghani's first visit to Pakistan since taking office in September

It is Mr Ghani’s first visit to Pakistan since taking office in September

Islamabad ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has held talks with members of Pakistan’s security forces on a trip to Islamabad.

It is Mr Ghani’s first visit to Pakistan since taking office in September and is being seen as a chance to reset troubled ties.

His predecessor, Hamid Karzai, routinely criticised Pakistan for sheltering militant groups.

Pakistan always rejected such complaints and accused Afghanistan of failing to stop cross-border attacks.

Officials on both sides hope this visit will provide a fresh start.

‘Vital interest’

In the run-up to the visit, Pakistan’s powerful army chief Raheel Sharif, and later the new chief of the country’s main intelligence agency the ISI, have held talks in Kabul.

During a visit to the military’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, Mr Ghani discussed ways of working together to tackle terrorism.

Mr Ghani is also meeting Pakistan’s prime minister and president.

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