RAWALPINDI- Army chief General Raheel Sharif met Afghan president Ashraf Ghani today during his maiden visit to the neighboring country, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa tweeted that the meeting between the army chief and Ghani ended on a “great deal of good will and positivity.”

General Raheel will now continue his meetings with the Afghan national security adviser and Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah.

The army chief’s visit marks the first high-profile visit from Islamabad since the formation of unity government in Afghanistan.

During the day-long trip, which comes ahead of President Ghani’s visit to Islamabad, the army chief is expected to assure the Afghan leadership that Pakistan was ready to open a new chapter in its relationship.

An official said, “We are ready to work with the new Afghan government. The two neighbors can bury the past and enter into a new partnership agreement.”

Relations between the two sides have been tense over the past few months and marked by suspicion due to the growing distrust.