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Pakistan, Afghan MPs Oppose Foreign Interference

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TEHRAN, March 30 (ICANA) – Parliamentarians from Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed the only way forward for both countries is to jointly address the challenges of security in the region to rid it of foreign interference.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:53:12 AM
Pakistan, Afghan MPs Oppose Foreign Interference

The key themes that echoed through the dialogue included trust deficit between the two neighburs, need to increase and improve bilateral trade, remove complications in Afghan transit trade, promote each other's media in both countries, and stop the spread of narcotics and smuggling.

“Parliamentarians must continuously engage with each other to find solutions to the problems as being public representatives they both understand public concerns and are charged with the responsibility to oversee executive policies in both countries,” they said in an IRNA report.

A delegation of 20 Afghan MPs, belonging to Meshrano Jirga (Senate of Afghanistan) and Wolesi Jirga (National Assembly of Afghanistan), led by Honourable Sayed Ishaq Gailani, Member of Afghan Wolesi Jirga, arrived in Pakistan on Monday.

The talks were organized by an NGO Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT).

MPs from two sides agreed to continue the dialogue to play their role in confidence building among both countries.

It was agreed that the next round of dialogue would be held in Kabul towards the end of May 2011.

They engaged in a constructive, candid and comprehensive dialogue recognizing the importance of their role in addressing concerns that impact the relationship of the two brotherly Islamic countries.

The Presiding Officers of the two Parliaments should have a hotline between them and foreign affairs committee should continuously engage, said Senator Salim Saifullah.

Parliamentarians of both countries should have visa-free access to both countries while Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group should be formed in both upper houses of the two Parliaments.

Dialogue reflects the interest of the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan, who wish to benefit from enormous opportunities, that are linked with peace and prosperity in the region.

Parliamentarians guided by the principles of cooperative and good neighbourly relations should be able to address all issues of mutual concern and interest meaningfully, including terrorism, water issues, media, narcotics control, etc.

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