Joint Statement on the First Meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace
Islamabad: The first meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace in Afghanistan was held in Islamabad on 11 June, 2011.
2. President Hamid Karzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan led their respective delegations to the meeting.
3. Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasool, General Karimi Chief of the Afghan Army, Rehmatullah Nabeel Director General National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin and Ambassador Mohammad Umer Daudzai participated from the Afghan side. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani, Chief of Army Staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Director General (ISI), Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, and Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq participated in the meeting from the Pakistan side.
4. Pakistan side strongly reiterated its principled support for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and unity, as well as for adherence by the international community and Afghanistan’s neighbours to the principles of non-interference and non-intervention;
5. Both sides expressed satisfaction on the establishment of the Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace in Afghanistan;
6. The Pakistan side expressed its full support for the efforts of the Afghan High Peace Council and its Chairman Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani for promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and assured Pakistan’s fullest cooperation and support to the Council’s efforts;
7. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan expressed their commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan and called upon all of Afghanistan’s partners in the international community to support such a process;
8. The two sides affirmed their resolve to work closely together for reconciliation and peace, in holistic and comprehensive manner;
9. Both sides emphasized the importance of continued close cooperation consultation and coordination on peace in Afghanistan, particularly in realizing the goal of a peaceful and prosperous region free of a terror and militancy;
10. The leaders mandated their senior official to meet as soon as possible to work out joint measures required to meet the above objectives;
11. Both sides agreed that the Afghan High Peace Council will act as the secretariat for the Joint Commission;
12. Both sides agreed to maintain constant contact through their respective Ambassadors;
13. Both sides agreed to intensify intelligence–intelligence and military-military cooperation and to hold separate military and intelligence meetings whenever required.
14. The next meeting of the Joint Commission will be held in Kabul.
For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604