Ashraf Ghani, Imran ‘agree to overcome past’

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Afghan president congratulates IK

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday confirmed via tweet that he had called Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and congratulated him on his victory in the elections, and invited him to visit Kabul.
Ghani tweeted that both sides had also “agreed to overcome the past and to lay a new foundation for a prosperous political, social and economic future of both countries Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
“I extended an open invitation to Mr. Khan and he expressed his wishes to visit Kabul soon.”
According to PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, Khan told President Ghani that Pakistan wants complete peace in Afghanistan, and that the PTI government wishes to establish better relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
During the telephonic conversation, Ghani extended his best wishes to the prime minister-in-waiting, adding that the change in leadership would help further solidify the relationship between the two countries.
Ghani said Imran Khan is a popular figure in Afghanistan and the country’s youth consider him a hero. Because of Khan’s popularity cricket had become the sports of choice in Afghanistan, he added.
The PTI chief thanked the Afghan president for the grand gesture and accepted the invitation to visit the neighbouring country.
Promising to visit Afghanistan soon after forming government, the PTI chief said that his party’s government will revitalise the bilateral relations between the two countries.

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