Pakistan and Afghan presidents meet in Kabul

Pakistan and Afghan presidents meet in Kabul

Kabul : Afghanistan | Apr 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM PDT
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Message from Zaid Hamid 21 October 2009‎

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. General Kayan armed forces chief and Gen. Pasha head of the intelligence agency joined Gilani for the talks.

The leaers reported after the meeting that they agreed to upgrade a joint peace commission. The move is an attempt to end the Taliban insurgency through an agreement with the rebels. Gilani described the talks as "historical and unprecedented".

The peace commission has been upgraded to the highest government level.

The move is said to be supported by the U.S. Gilani said:"We welcome the participation of the US in this tripartite arrangement... We have recently seen more interest by the US in the peace process,"

The original commission was set up in January. The talks mark an improvement in Afghan Pakistan relationships. There has often been tension between the two countries.

The peace talks with the Taliban face the problem of NATO withdrawal of forces. This has always been a condition of peace for the Taliban. NATO has always claimed that it needs to weaken the Taliban further so as to be in a better bargaining position. However it remains to be seen if NATO is really gaining any advantage at all. Meanwhile the war is becoming less popular domestically in all countries involved.

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Pakistan PM Gilani meets president Karzai in Kabul to discuss peace process.
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