Pakistan and Afghanistan Leaders Hold Rare Talks

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held their first face-to-face talks Friday on the sidelines of an annual summit of Islamic countries in Saudi Arabia.The rare interaction at the highest level is the latest sign of easing tensions in traditionally acrimonious relations between the neighbors.The animosity stems from mutual accusations of supporting militant attacks against each other.An Afghan presidential spokesman said the meeting in the Saudi city of Makkah was a prelude to Ghani's official visit to Islamabad scheduled for next month. The Afghan leader has previously visited Pakistan but the upcoming trip will be his first since Khan took office last August."Afghanistan is ready to leave its bitter history with Pakistan behind, and move toward constructive state-to-state ties based on mutual respect rather than recrimination and hostility," tweeted spokesman Samim Arif.......................

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