Afghanistan Joint Working Groups' maiden meeting in Kabul today

FO rejects Kabul’s allegations of supporting Afghan Taliban Haqqani network

FO rejects Kabul’s allegations of supporting Afghan Taliban Haqqani network

"There are still important areas to be discussed and agreed upon, and both sides remain committed to continue their discussions to reach an agreement on the APAPPS", said a joint statement released after the meeting.

Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan, who recently returned from a visit to strife-torn Afghanistan, said the U.S. also expects Pakistan to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in the region.

"We are waiting for Pakistan to act", Ghani said in a televised address after weekly prayers, in which he accused Pakistan of being the "Taliban centre".

The meeting comes in the backdrop of a series of deadly attacks rattled Kabul, after which a high-level delegation from Afghanistan comprising the interior minister and spy chief had visited Islamabad this week with a "personal message" from President Ashraf Ghani.

He said the Pakistani delegation o emphasized the need for strengthening border management on the Afghan side.

Pakistan proposed five joint working groups to ensure effective engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity in a meeting with Afghanistan officials in Kabul on Saturday, according to the Radio Pakistan.

The Foreign Secretary has explained the Afghan side that instead of blame game both sides should engage in concrete cooperation.

He also added that the Afghan government should take all stakeholders into discussion, even the Afghan Taliban should actively participate.

On Wednesday, top Afghan security officials rushed to Islamabad with "undeniable proof" of Pakistan-based terrorists' involvement in recent assaults in Kabul that claimed close to 200 lives last month.

The foreign minister added that the Afghan delegation, which visited Islamabad on Wednesday, had productive talks with Pakistan.

Smoke billowing from the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 27.

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