Kabul: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has thanked Pakistan’s pledge of further $ 500 million economic assistance to Afghanistan at the Brussels Conference, which demonstrated Pakistan’s solidarity and support for the government and people of Afghanistan.

The president suggested that the two governments should work together to identify the projects in consultation with the Afghan government according to its development priorities.

President Ghani also appreciated the announcement of a second tranche of 3,000 scholarships for Afghan students in Pakistan’s universities, which would greatly help in institution building in Afghanistan.

The President and Pakistani National Security adviser also discussed efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Emphasizing that lasting peace and stability could be achieved through a politically negotiated settlement, Sartaj commended Afghan government and people for concluding a peace deal with Hizb-e-Islami.  He expressed hope and optimism that this development could lead to opportunities for similar peace arrangements with other insurgents.