Pak-Afghan Security ‘Inextricably Linked’

Pak-Afghan Security ‘Inextricably Linked’Pak-Afghan Security ‘Inextricably Linked’

Pakistan’s military told new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the security of the two countries was “inextricably linked” on Friday as Ghani kicked off a two-day trip aimed at rebuilding damaged ties between the two countries.

Relations have been harmed by regular accusations from both countries that the other is harboring anti-government insurgents who cross the porous border and mount deadly attacks, Reuters reported.

The trip is Ghani’s first state visit to Pakistan.

A tweet from Pakistan’s Major General Asim Bajwa, head of the military’s public relations wing, said Ghani’s trip took place amid a positive atmosphere and that border cooperation was “in focus”.

Ghani met Friday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and the two set a goal of doubling two-way trade to $5 billion within two years, an Afghan statement said.