Afghanistan's President Mohammed Daoud arrived at Islamabad on Saturday (4 March) for talks with Pakistan's leaders.
Afghanistan's President Mohammed Daoud arrived at Islamabad on Saturday (4 March) for talks with Pakistan's leaders. The visit was the last stop for President Daoud on his current goodwill tour which has taken him to Turkey, Libya, Yugoslavia and India.
SYNOPSIS: At Islamabad airport president Daoud and his 17-man delegation were met by Pakistan's Chief Martial Law Administrator, General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq and President Fazal Elahi Chaudhary. The visit, at the invitation of President Chuadhary, took place in a greatly improved atmosphere that now exists between the two neighbouring Muslim countries.
It was President Daoud's second visit within 19 months and he received a full ceremonial state welcome.
Political observers reported they expected the thread would be picked up from where it was left in October 1977 when General Mohammed Zip-ul-Haq paid a short, successful visit to Kabul. The fact that President Daoud would be spending more time in Pakistan than anywhere else during his current tour of different countries was regarded by observers as an important good will gesture from the Afghan leader.
There was no formal agenda for talks but reports said Pakistan would be ready to consider any proposal for the promotion of economic cooperation between the two countries. In the past year trade turnover between the two was almost 44 million U.S. dollars.
President Daoud planned to have two rounds of talks before leaving for Kabul on Wednesday (8 March).