Islamabad, 25 November 2022 (TDI): German Ambassador to Pakistan, Alfred Grannas, and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Pakistan participated in the Bilateral Dialogue on Pak-Afghan Relations on 24 November 2022.

The Dialogue was organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad and facilitated by the Center for Afghanistan Middle East and Africa (CAMEA).

Heart of Asia Society (HAS), Kabul, and the Centre for Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a bilateral discussion on Pak-Afghan relations.

Afghan and Pakistani delegates were present in the bilateral discussion. The two sessions of the bilateral conversation were separated into “Pak-Afghan Political Ties: Exploring Avenues for Cooperation” and “Pak-Afghan Economic Ties: Exploring Opportunities,” respectively.

The topics of conversation at the bilateral dialogue included regional connectivity, bilateral ties, security, border concerns, trade, & areas of convergence. Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar delivered the keynote presentation during the closing session.

The following speakers represented the Pakistani delegation: Ambassadors Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Khalid Mahmood, Amina Khan, Ayaz Wazir, Abrar Hussain, Simbal Khan, Adnan Jalil, Hassan Khan, Salman Zaidi, Oves Anwar, Dr. Salma Malik, Dr. Shabbir Khan, Arshad Yousafzai, and Brigadier Mehboob.

Ambassador Jawed Ludin, Ambassador Janan Mosazai, Dr. Jafar Mahdavi, Hojat Fazly, Dr. Faiz Muhammad Zaland, Muhammad Sulaiman Bin Shah, Bilal Popalzai, and Nasria Pashtun were among the Afghan representatives who spoke.

Speaking during the CAMEA-mediated bilateral dialogue between ISSI and HAS Afghanistan, Dr. Steffen Kudella, Resident Representative HSF Pakistan, highlighted the right time and need for a better understanding of Pak-Afghan Relations.

Center for Afghanistan Middle East and Africa

As it relates to Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa, CAMEA seeks to advance and deliver high-quality research, analysis, policy input, and discussion.

Pakistan’s foreign policy seeks a symbiotic exchange of information and collaboration with these significant regions. Pakistan’s goal for a peaceful neighborhood places high importance on developing close working ties with Afghanistan.

The vision of CAMEA is emphasized by a number of important priorities, including strengthening ties with the Muslim nations of the Middle East and identifying areas of shared interest between Pakistan and Africa in line with Pakistan’s Engage Africa policy.

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