Afghan President ends visit to Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai concluded a two-day trip to Pakistan on Tuesday by inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Kabul.

Karzai came to Islamabad to meet Sharif for the first time since his election in May in a bid to overcome a series of public rows that have hampered efforts to end 12 years of war in Afghanistan.

The Afghan president urged Pakistan to help arrange peace talks between his government and the Taliban, then took the unexpected step of extending his visit by a day.

The two leaders met for lunch in the mountain town of Murree, just north of Islamabad, and discussed “matters of common interest,” according to a statement from the Pakistani foreign ministry.

“President Karzai reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Afghanistan. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation,” the statement said, adding that the dates would be worked out later.

Sharif has said Pakistan and Afghanistan will jointly work for peace and stability in the region.

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