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Afghan President Ghani To Make First Pakistan Visit

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to make his first state visit to neighboring Pakistan this week.

Pakistan's Foreign Office confirmed on November 13 that Ghani would lead a high-level delegation on November 14-15.

An Afghan government official said the discussions are expected to include inter-Afghan peace dialogue, security, border issues, and trade.

Mutual suspicion haunts ties between the neighbors.

Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, repeatedly accused Pakistan of providing support for Taliban fighters and other militants who have used Pakistan's tribal regions as a base for attacks targeting Afghan and NATO forces.

Islamabad denies the allegation.

It will be Ghani's third trip abroad since his September inauguration. He has recently visited Saudi Arabia and China.

In recent weeks, Pakistani officials including the army chief of staff and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency have visited Kabul.

With reporting by AP
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