ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday stressed the need for taking further steps to enhance the bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He expressed the views during his call on with Afghanistan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani.
Matters of close mutual cooperation and friendly ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan were discussed in the meeting, said a handout from the Directorate General of Public Relations, Punjab.
Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that historic friendly relations existed between Pakistan and Afghanistan and there is a vast scope for increasing mutual trade between both countries.
The Chief Minister said that strong close relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan were vital to eliminate terrorism and extremism.
He said that both the countries would have to solve security problems with mutual close cooperation and trade activities should be promoted so that people could benefit from the development in the real sense.
He said there was a great scope to enhance cooperation between Punjab and Kabul in trade, services, education, health and other sectors and effective steps would be taken for this purpose.
The Chief Minister Punjab said that due to the visit of Afghan President, bilateral cooperation and mutual relations would further expand, adding both the countries should fully benefit from new opportunities.
President of Afghanistan Muhammad Ashraf Ghani said that he was very much pleased to visit Pakistan.
He said that Lahore and Kabul should be declared twin cities. Afghan President extended invitation to Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to visit Kabul to which Shahbaz Sharif said that he would soon visit Kabul with a trade delegation from Punjab.
Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Provincial Minister for Home Col.(R) Shuja Khanzada and members of delegation accompanied the Afghan President were present in the meeting.