Abdullah slated to leave for Pakistan on Monday


KABUL: The High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman Abdullah Abdullah is due on Monday in Islamabad on an official three-day visit to confer on the Afghan peace process with the Pakistani authorities, a statement from the Pakistani foreign ministry said on Sunday.  

Abdullah would be accompanied by a high-level delegation including prominent members of the HCNR, according to a press release by the country’s Foreign Office.

On the first visit to Pakistan in his capacity as chairman of the council, Abdullah is slated to call on the country’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Dr. Abdullah would also deliver a key-note address at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad,” the statement added.

 “The visit will provide an opportunity for a wide-ranging exchange of views on the Afghan peace process and strengthening of Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations and people-to-people interaction,” the FO press release said.

The visit will further strengthen “amity, brotherhood and close cooperation between the two countries”, it underscored.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Sadiq, the prime minister’s special representative for Afghanistan, shared a note welcoming the Chairman on behalf of Pakistan on the “official visit”.