ISLAMABAD- Federal Finance Ministry Ishaq Dar today said, that a stable, peaceful and strong Afghanistan will lead to greater economic cooperation between the two countries and beyond.

The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar stated in a meeting with Janan Mosazai, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called on him at the Finance Ministry. The Ambassador briefed the Finance Minister, on the follow up of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting held during Finance Minister’s visit to Afghanistan. He said that the people of his country see the Finance Minister, after his visit to Jalalabad as a visionary, serious and sincere friend, who can transform relations between the two brotherly countries.

He said that the Nishtar Kidney Centre Jalalabad was a special signature project of Pakistan which would strengthen our bonds. The Ambassador also briefed the Finance Minister on the forthcoming Presidential elections in Afghanistan. He said that there was an independent Election Commission which would ensure transparent and credible elections followed by peaceful transfer of power.

The Ambassador emphasized that, in order to take the economic relations forward and the commitments made during Joint Economic Commission, we need to device a mechanism for implementation of these decisions. He suggested that the Implementation Committee can consist of technical officials from relevant Ministries of the two countries. He also expressed desire to have trade exhibitions to promote trade and investment between the brotherly countries.

The Finance Minister said that being Muslims we shared common social, cultural and religious heritage. He added, “It is now time that, in line with our religious traditions; we take this relationship to a new level of economic and regional cooperation which could reflect in consistency of our good neighbourly relations.”

The Finance Minister assured the Ambassador that Pakistan would support Afghanistan in holding of peaceful elections. The Minister also assured that state of the art equipment for Nishtar Kidney Centre Jalalabad will be procured on fast track and human resource will be explored jointly.