Afghanistan sent its Deputy Foreign Minister, Shah Mohammad Dost to neighbouring Pakistan on Monday (1 July) for talks aimed at ending the feuding between the two countries.
Afghanistan sent its Deputy Foreign Minister, Shah Mohammad Dost to neighbouring Pakistan on Monday (1 July) for talks aimed at ending the feuding between the two countries. Mohammed Dost is the first Afghan minister to visit Pakistan since the Moscow-backed government seized power in Kabul in a bloody coup fourteen months ago. Since then an estimated one hundred thousand Afghans have fled across the border into Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: Islamabad Airport, Pakistan. Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of helping to train Afghan refugees who then cross-border guerrilla raids.
Afghanistan's Shah Dost met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Nawaz for preliminary talks in the VIP lounge of Islamabad airport.
A motorcade escorted them to the Foreign Ministry.
Both sides suggested a meeting between the Heads of State, but Pakistan insisted that there should be lower-level talks before such a summit. Shah Dost came to Islamabad at the invitation of Pakistan's Army Ruler General Mohammad Zia-ul Haq, who first a possible meeting between himself and Afghan President, Noor Mohammad Tarakki. It's hoped that such a meeting might resolve some of the two countries' differences.
Afghanistan has never recognised its one thousand miles (1,600 km) border with Pakistan, Along it live fiercely independent warrior tribes -- and since last year thousands of refugees.