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Pakistan should support Afghan transition plan: Rassoul

Pakistan should support Afghan transition plan: Rassoul

Mar 30, 2011 - 17:33

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon on Wednesday sought Pakistaninfo-icon's help in making a success the security transition to Afghan forces from their international partners, a process beginning in July.

Afghan foreign minister, Zalmay Rassoul made the call at a ceremony marking Pakistan's national day at the Pakistan embassy in Kabul.

The ceremony was also attended by Afghan ministers of defence, finance, commerce and industry, educationinfo-icon, irrigation, besides other high-ranking officials and representatives of different non-governmental organisations.

Rassoul on behalf people and President Hamid Karzai congratulated the government and people of Pakistan on their national day, March 23.

He said both countries shared historic and cultural relations. The people and the government of Afghanistan valued these relations, he said.

The foreign minister hailed Pakistan's role in the development of Afghanistan over the past 10 years. Peace and stability in the two countries were interlinked, the minister said.

"In near future, the transition of security to Afghan forces from foreign troops is going to begin. We demand our Pakistani brothers to help us make this process a success," Rassoul said.

President Hamid Karzai has announced last week that the national security forces will take over security responsibility from NATOinfo-icon-led forces.

"The first phase of transferring security will begin from Kabul except Sarobi district, Panshir, Bamyan city, Lashkar Gah city, Mazar-i-Sharif city, Herat city and Mehterlam city," Karzai said.

The president said, in his speech delivered to army officers at Military Academy, the process of transferring security from provincial capitals would be expanded to districts.

He also added that the process of security transition will begin in the month of Saratan, the fourth month of Afghan 1390 year, which covers the last 20 days of June and the first 10 days of July.

Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, said Islam had reached Pakistan from Afghanistan; therefore, both the countries enjoyed historic relations.

"Afghanistan is very important for us. Its development and prosperity is in the interest of Pakistan," he said. He said his country was committed to support every effort at bringing peace in Afghanistan.



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