KABUL: Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs Statistics and Privatization called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday. The Minister of Finance is leading a high level delegation to the 9th Session of the Joint Economic Commission (lEC) with Afghanistan from February 22-24, 2014. During the call, the Finance Minister conveyed the best wishes of the Prime Minister of Pakistan which were warmly reciprocated by President Karzai.
The meeting was attended by the Afghan Finance Minister, National Security Advisor and the Presidential Advisor on Foreign Affairs. The Finance Minister was assisted by Mr. Mohammad Sadiq, Ambassador of Pakistan to Kabul.
President Karzai and Finance Minister Dar agreed on the primacy of good brotherly bilateral linkages of the two countries. The Finance Minister briefed the Afghan President on the agenda of the JEC as well as efforts made by Pakistan in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
President Karzai assured the Minister of Finance that Afghanistan would fully support any and all initiatives in bilateral economic area.
President Karzai underscored the importance and need for the reconciliation process in Afghanistan to ensure a peaceful future for the people of Afghanistan. President Karzai also highlighted the importance of Pakistan’s support in the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
President Karzai and Finance Minister agreed that their countries face common challenges and enemies and there is a need to work together to overcome these challenges.
The Minister of Finance, in addition to attending the JEC Session in Kabul, would also visit major projects constructed by Pakistan under its bilateral assistance program including the newly constructed Rehman Baba School and Hostel in Kabul which would accommodate up to 1500 students, the Torkham – Jalalabad additional carriage way, Nishtar Kidney Centre in Jalalabad and the Liaqat Ali Khan Engineering Faculty of Balkh University in Mazar-e-Sharif.
The Finance Minister would also meet the Governors of Nangarhar and Mazar- i-Sharif during his visit to the provincial capitals.