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Zardari: Pakistan's Relations with Afghanistan Vital for Regional Peace, Stability.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari said Islamabad's bilateral relations with Kabul were the most important component of its shared quest for peace and stability in the region.

Talking to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, in the capital of Turkmenistan, Zardari said Pakistan was fully committed to long term peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The President attended the International Nowruz Festival held in Turkmenistan, which was attended by leaders and representatives from 11 countries too, Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

The release of Taliban prisoners by Pakistan was done on the request of the Afghan High Peace Council, Zardari added.

It was a demonstration of Pakistan's sincere support to the reconciliation efforts of the Afghan government, he pointed out.

The President said Pakistan has been sincere in its endeavors and fully supports an Afghan-led and owned reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan has suggested to the Afghan Government to hold ministerial meetings on transit issues and border management.

A peaceful, stable and economically developed Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest, the president underlined.

The President said closer coordination between the security forces of the two countries was important for effective border management.

Referring to the bilateral trade and economic ties between the two countries, President Zardari said Pakistan has been ready to discuss trade with Central Asian countries at Commerce Minister's level.

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Date:Mar 21, 2013
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